NFL Notes: Bengals, Giants, Panthers

     

Bengals

Giants

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins said he does not feel any pressure, despite allowing three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Buccaneers. 

Ain’t no pressure,” Jenkins said, via Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media. “It’s important to come back out and play football. Everybody gets paid. Like I said, there ain’t no pressure.

Jenkins added that their defensive struggles this season “motivates us” to improve. 

It motivates us to come together as a defense,” Jenkins said. “For everybody to play faster, play harder and count on each other to do their job. We’re going to be okay.”

Jenkins says he will not request any help defending passes over the top and reiterated that there is “no pressure” on him right now. 

Nah, man,” Jenkins said. “I like to play football. They’re going to make some plays, I’m going to make some plays. It’s a new week. Like I said, there ain’t no pressure.”

Panthers

Panthers QB Cam Newton said he played the first two weeks of the season at “80 percent” before realizing that he needed time to recover from a Lisfranc injury.

“I’ve decided I will take time away from the game,” Newton said, via his Youtube Channel. “This is me being the bigger person and being real with myself and saying, ‘Look, what’s the ultimate goal you’re trying to accomplish? Win the Super Bowl. OK, if you want to win the Super Bowl, this is the step you’ve got to take.’

“It could very well be a week. Or two weeks. It could be three weeks, it could be four weeks, it could be six weeks. But I have to understand and know if it takes that time, I trust in this team that they will — we will — still be in a great situation by the time I get back.”

Newton says he should have stepped aside prior to the opener against the Rams. 

This is when I got in my own way,” Newton said. “Because, automatically, I thought, ‘I’ve got to play Week 1. I can’t let my fans down. I’ve got to be there for my team.’

According to Newton, he hid his injury, even though coaches asked him prior to the game if he was alright. 

“I was hiding an injury where I could have easily said, ‘You know what, Coach, I don’t think I’m ready. Maybe I need to kind of consider sitting this one out for the betterment [of the team],‘” Newton said. “…With that Superman title, tag, I’m, ‘Nah, Coach, I’m good. Let me play.”

Newton said if he played now, he wouldn’t be the “Cam Newton everyone is accustomed to seeing.”

“I refuse for that to happen,” Newton said. “I’ve been doing that for two games. It’s hard for me to watch film. It’s hard for me to go about my everyday life knowing I’m being held back by an ailment knowing that all I have to do is be right by [it].

“It’s hard to come to grips with that decision or having those options, but at the end of the day, I’ve got to get right. I’ve got to get right.

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