Haley Expects Brown Vs. Jenkins To Be a Great Matchup To Watch

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New York Giants Sunday at Heinz Field and that game figures to have several good individual matchups on both sides of the football. One of the best matchups in that game figures to be Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown being covered by Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

“He’s as top-flight corner, there’s no doubt,” Haley said of Jenkins during his Thursday session with the media. “Another player that they’ve brought in there for a reason and he’s playing like it. He’s physical, he plays a lot of man-to-man and he’s usually matched up on the best receiver. So, that will be a great challenge and a great matchup to watch.”

Heading into Sunday’s game, the Giants defense has only allowed two 100-yard receivers in their first 11 games and Jenkins deserves a lot of credit for that.

While Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is one of the two players who has managed to break the century mark against the Giants so far this season, Pro Football Focus charted him as only having one catch for 14 yards in the game last weekend when Jenkins was covering him.

As for Brown, he has managed to register 100 yards receiving in four different games entering Sunday’s contest against the Giants and while his 998 total receiving yards are nearly 200 less than what he registered in the Steelers first 11 games last season, Haley doesn’t consider it a down year for the wide receiver.

“I think it’s been a great year,” Haley said of Brown. “He’s been very steady, consistent, probably as detailed as he’s been from an assignment standpoint I think he’s done everything really very, very well.”

Jenkins said earlier this week that he looks forward to getting another chance to cover Brown on Sunday.

“He’s one of the best, he’s up there,” Jenkins said of Brown, according to Tom Rock of Newsday. “Many say he’s the best. But we’ll play football and just have fun.”

Last season, Jenkins covered Brown quite a bit in the Steelers week 3 game against the Rams. According to our charting, Brown caught 7 passes for 63 yards when he was covered by Jenkins.

Jenkins, who entered the league in 2012 as a second-round draft pick with the St. Louis Rams, signed a five year, $62.5 million contract with the Giants this past march. So far this season he has registered 15 defensed passes and two interceptions.

  • RickM

    Jenkins is a definite good one. In addition to Dave’s stats, when he covered A.J. Green a couple of weeks ago he was all over him. Green had 7 targets and only 4 receptions for 23 yards. AB will do better than that, but we need some of our other WR’s to step up for sure.

  • srdan

    Yes please-put Jenkins on an island.

  • Jaybird

    I got a good feeling about this game Rick. We are going to dominate. I think the G men are catching us at the wrong time. I’m just praying for decent weather and I think Ben will have a good game. I think my personal whooping boy, Green, will have his best game. G men are weak at MLB. Look for Bell to exploit that part of the field also. Go Steelers. I’ll be at the game!

  • RickM

    My best friend is an avid Giants’ fan so I watch a fair amount of them to cheer them on (other than against us). I don’t necessarily think we’ll dominate, but I do think we’re a better football team. I’ll watch and see if your predictions come true; they make a lot of sense. My only fear is turnovers. Enjoy the game!

  • Steelers12

    i believe brown should be able to score two TD’s and i suspect Coates will return to form

  • Jaybird

    Yeah I still commute to jersey to work , and I watch a lot of them also. They have big time weaknesses- like their O line. We’ll get em!