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Although Cullen Jenkins doesn't have the stats to show it, he's been a productive force in the defensive line's interior, which has helped to hold some of the league's top rushers to fewer than 100 yards.
He'll have a chance to be even more productive this week if defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) isn't able to play on Sunday.
Jenkins, who can play defensive end, could be asked to make a position switch to help thwart an anticipated run-heavy offensive attack by the Packers.
“He has that flexibility to go out there and play that, and he’s a tougher, stronger, thicker guy out there that can play the run for us, and he can convert and rush the passer out there,” said defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
“So to me, he gives us a double edge in that sense because he [does] a good job in the run game for us at the end position.”
Jenkins, who was with the Packers from 2004 to 2010, and Justin Tuck will play defensive end, and Mike Patterson will team up with Linval Joseph in the interior to face the Packers' rushing offense.
On passing downs, Jenkins would be replaced by rookie Damontre Moore, who, according to Pro Football Focus, (subscription required) has played in just 32 defensive snaps this season.
A defensive front of Jenkins and Justin Tuck at the ends and Linval Joseph and Mike Patterson in the interior would give New York a combined 1,202 pounds of run-stopping power capable of swallowing up blockers, pushing the pocket and, most importantly, filling the inside gaps.
If they can succeed in taking away the cutback lanes, that would likely force Lacy to the outside, where middle linebacker Jon Beason will be waiting for him if he tries to turn the corner.