EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Mike Jenkins #21 and Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrate after Jenkins intercepted a pass in the endzone in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 6, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
DeSean Jackson created a stir recently when he said on a UStream video that, "Them boys are scared of me," in reference to the Cowboys. The point he went on to make had to do with Dallas taking extra measures to slow him down.
"They be having like four people on your boy out there, but it’s all good," Jackson said. "I probably get man coverage like... 10 percent every game. But I like those odds. I’ll take that."
Mike Jenkins, who is mentioned by name in the video, has responded, saying that Dallas has done "nothing special," in limiting the Pro Bowler to five catches and 76 yards over two meetings.
"It’s been a lot of talk about double-covering or triple-covering this guy," Jenkins said. "I haven’t seen it yet. We single it up. We call [man] every play. There’s one man on him and we’re just sitting in it. We’re holding our own and that’s pretty much it...We’re not doing anything special for him or anybody else."
Jenkins, who has emerged this season as (arguably) Dallas's best cornerback (with apologies to Mr. Newman) as well as the team's preeminent swagger-provider, expressed confidence in his mates in the secondary.
"I feel real good," Jenkins said. "I’ll take us over anybody, any time."
The interesting thing about this mini-beef is that (a) Jenkins and Jackson are friends off the field and (b) they haven't lined up across from each other all that much this season. Jenkins has spent most of the two previous games going against Jeremy Maclin.