Jason Pinnock released from Jets to Giants

Jason Pinnock’s story ended as happy as the one it started off with. Not only did it take Safety just a few hours to find his next NFL stop, but that stop is just 30 miles away from his previous stop.

Around noon Wednesday, Pinnock texted his father, Lewis, telling him he was leaving the Jets for the Giants.

“He was happy with it,” Lewis Pinnock told the Post by phone. I was happy.You can’t dwell on things you can’t change.This is what he’s in and he’s ready to play ball.That’s what he wants to do.”

It came as a surprise that Pinnock was cut by the Jets. Head coach Robert Saleh praised him throughout training camp, and the sophomore player successfully transitioned from cornerback to safety at the team’s request.

Cornerback Jason Pinnock catches a pass during practice at the Jets training camp in Foorham Park, New Jersey.
Cornerback Jason Pinnock catches a pass during practice at the Jets’ training camp.
Bill Costrone/New York Post

The family understands this is business. And they’re excited to be able to catch Pinnock play on the same drive from their home in Connecticut this fall. The drive is a bit of a hike and takes over 2 hours. But it’s a lot easier than if Pinnock ended up in another part of the country.

“At first, I didn’t even know the Giants were so interested,” said Lewis Pinnock. “It never crossed our minds, but it turns out that this is actually the best-case scenario in many ways. You don’t have to, so rest assured, you can potentially move it anywhere.

“I mean, he would have done it and made it work, but this is probably a lot easier.”

When Louis Pinnock spoke to the Post, just hours after Jason signed, the family had already ordered the blue jersey to be swapped for the green jersey. Selected by the Jets in the 5th round of the 2008 draft, he and his family will soon renounce that loyalty.

His focus now is on safely breaking the Giants’ dense depth chart. Pinnock is behind Xavier McKinney, Julian Love and Dane Belton in the competition for the Snap, but Belton is currently dealing with a collarbone injury that could keep him out of the season opener in Tennessee.

Giants coach Brian Daball said earlier this week that he liked Pinnock’s contributions on special teams and that he stood out when the Giants’ scouting department saw the tape.

“I think he has some good traits that we’re looking for,” Dabor said Wednesday. Let’s bring him in and see what he can do with our system.”

“I think he definitely brings athleticism to that position,” said Lewis Pinnock. I think he has some skill, he can jump over the ceiling, and I think the Giants saw that.”

Louis Pinnock coached Jason at Windsor High School outside Hartford and even vouched for his football IQ, even saying his son could coach him after his career is over.

Of course, I hope it will take some time for that to happen. Pinnock still has his mark on the Giants and his family is rooting for him.

“From a family point of view, we are perfectly happy with this,” said Louis Pinnock. “Perfect.”


Leave a Comment