Can make plays as a receiver, tailback or return man. Has soft hands and plays within his limitations. A solid route runner who maximizes his athleticism and burst to change direction and gain separation. Has the speed to make big gains.
Very small for the position in both height and mass (which limits him against big defenders and as a blocker). Gets jammed at the line. Needs to find his niche.
Big-play, situational depth receiver/return man.
Career Honors & Awards
2011 (XLVI - New York Giants)
Movements & Injuries
Declared free agent.
Foot injury, injured reserve.
Hip injury, out.
Signed by the New York Giants to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the New York Giants in the 3rd round (83rd Overall) in 2011.
Jerrel Jernigan working behind Odell Beckham | 06/16/2014 3:26 PM
Jerrel Jernigan is working as the Giants' No. 2 "X" receiver at Organized Team Activities, behind Odell Beckham.
Rueben Randle is the first-team Z, and Victor Cruz mans the slot. Beat writer Jordan Raanan indicates Jernigan is on the outside looking in at early-season snaps, and is currently penciled in as New York's No. 4 receiver. Jernigan opened the offseason as a hot fantasy sleeper. His stock has tumbled since, with Randle ticketed for a prominent role and Beckham drafted in the first round.
Jerrel Jernigan still must 'prove himself' | 05/28/2014 11:18 PM
NJ.com's Jordan Raanan believes fourth-year WR Jerrel Jernigan still must "prove himself" to earn significant 2014 playing time.
Jernigan finished 2013 with a small-sample-size flurry, but he'll be hard pressed to earn a regular spot in New York's primary three-receiver set after the team drafted Odell Beckham 12th overall. Victor Cruz mans the slot, and Rueben Randle will play outside, opposite Beckham. Jernigan figures to end up as the No. 4 receiver, playing the second slot position when the G-Men go four wide.
McAdoo's Packers led NFL in '11' sets in 2013 | 04/10/2014 9:50 AM
The Packers led the NFL in use of "11" personnel last season.
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Reese heaps praise on Jernigan | 02/22/2014 2:15 PM
Giants GM Jerry Reese said at the Combine that Jerrel Jernigan finally started to live up to his draft status down the stretch of 2013.
Jernigan posted a 19-237-2 line over the final three games of 2013 and should see an expanded offensive role as the Giants' third receiver in 2014, especially with new OC Ben McAdoo likely to install several three wide receiver sets. He is a sleeper in redraft leagues and worth owning in all dynasty formats.
In a Friday radio interview, Giants coach Tom Coughlin suggested the light flipped on for Jerrel Jernigan in 2013.
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Citing fumbles and injuries as the reasons Jernigan played sparingly in his first two NFL seasons, Coughlin said he "saw a different young man late in the season -- a very, very competitive guy." Jernigan's playing time spiked due to Victor Cruz's knee injury, and the slot receiver racked up six-plus catches in each of the Giants' final three games. With Hakeem Nicks likely to leave in free agency, Jernigan projects as New York's third receiver for 2014. The 24-year-old is worth owning in all Dynasty leagues.
Jernigan goes for 80 yards, touchdown | 12/22/2013 7:54 PM
Jerrel Jernigan caught six balls for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 16 win over the Lions.
Replacing Victor Cruz (knee surgery) at slot receiver, Jernigan hauled in a 20-yard touchdown from Eli Manning in the second quarter. The TD was the first of Jernigan's three-year career. Jernigan operated as New York's chain-moving receiver with the run game failing to click, and figures to play the same role in Week 17 against the Redskins.
Jerrel Jernigan questionable for Week 16 | 12/20/2013 1:51 PM
Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Jernigan is shaping up as a game-time decision. He's safe to write off as a fantasy option against Detroit. Rueben Randle will get the start.
Jerrel Jernigan back at practice Thursday | 12/19/2013 12:35 PM
Jerrel Jernigan (knee) returned to practice Thursday.
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Jerrel Jernigan not practicing on Wednesady | 12/18/2013 11:24 AM
Jerrel Jernigan (knee) is not practicing Wednesday.
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Jernigan wasn't known to be injured while catching six passes for 67 yards against the Seahawks, so this could be a precautionary day off. If active, he'll be the Giants' No. 3 wideout in Week 16 with Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) almost certainly out. Louis Murphy is the next man up behind Jernigan.
Jernigan held to 24 yards in increased role | 11/24/2013 8:26 PM
Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan caught two passes for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.
With Victor Cruz getting boxed out and Hakeem Nicks inactive, Jernigan was the Giants' third receiver against Dallas. He was largely ineffective, catching only checkdown-type passes and running at least one noticeably bad route. The Giants won't be efforting to play Jernigan more after this game.
Jernigan targeted 15 times on Saturday | 08/24/2013 11:25 PM
Jerrel Jernigan had five catches for 66 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.
Jernigan played with the second-team offense and was targeted 15 times in the passing game. He now has seven receptions for 94 yards though two preseason games.
Jernigan, Randle candidates for kick returns | 06/14/2013 9:08 PM
Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn mentioned WRs Jerrel Jernigan and Rueben Randle as potential replacements for David Wilson on kickoff returns.
Wilson led the NFL in kickoff return yardage last season, but will likely be removed from special teams this year because he's going to be the Giants' feature back. Jernigan could save his roster spot by earning the full-time kick return role. The 2011 third-rounder has been an ineffective NFL receiver.
Giants OC: Time for WR Jernigan to step up | 05/11/2013 1:34 PM
Jernigan, a 2011 third-round pick out of Troy, will be running routes out of the slot in Victor Cruz's absence. "He's been here now long enough," said Gilbride. "Until Victor gets back, he'll be the main guy inside at the slot position. It's a chance for him to shine and step forward and do the things that we believe he can do." Jernigan has just three catches for 22 yards in 17 career games.