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WATCH: Former Pitt CB Makes Huge Play, Scores 102-Yard TD



Pitt cornerback Jason Pinnock.

It hasn’t been the best start to the season for the New York Giants, but Jason Pinnock has put together a strong start himself. And he continued that against the Miami Dolphins Saturday.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw a pass at the goal line, Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke tipped the football into the air, Pinnock snatched the ball out of the air and raced back 102 yards for a touchdown.

It made it a 14-10 game, but the Dolphins would fight back to take a commanding lead.

Through three quarters, Pinnock racked up four tackles (four solo), one interception, one pass breakup and a forced fumble. In four starts this season, he piled up 26 tackles (18 solo), three tackles for loss and a couple pass breakups.

In two NFL seasons (prior to this season), Pinnock has recorded 57 tackles (44 solo), two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one recovery in 26 games between the New York Jets and Giants.

As a spot starter with the Giants in 2022, after the Giants claimed him before the start of the season, he recorded 41 tackles (34 solo), two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups as he roamed the defensive secondary. And he’s claimed a starting spot this season.

Pinnock was initially selected by the Jets with the 175th pick (fifth round) in the 2021 NFL Draft, coming off a strong senior season at Pitt in 2020.

In four seasons at Pitt, he recorded 54 tackles (45 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, six interceptions, 19 pass breakups and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

In his senior season, Pinnock started all 10 games and recorded a team-high three interceptions, five pass breakups and 19 tackles. Per Pro Football Focus, only 30% of passes attempted against him were completed, which was the lowest among cornerbacks in the 2020 season.

Pinnock and the Giants will look to get back into the win column next weekend.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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