Jason Pinnock’s story had as happy an ending as one that starts with being cut can. Not only did it take mere hours for the safety to find his next NFL stop, but that stop is just 30 miles up the road from his previous one.
At about noon on Wednesday, Pinnock texted his father, Louis, to say he’d be going from the Jets to the Giants.
“He was happy with it,” Louis Pinnock told The Post in a phone call. “He was happy with it as far as, he’s the type of person, he’s always gonna make the best out of a situation. You can’t dwell on things you can’t change. So this is what he’s in and he’s getting ready to play ball. That’s what he wants to do.”
That Pinnock was cut by the Jets came as a surprise. Head coach Robert Saleh had praised him throughout training camp, and the second-year player made a successful transition from cornerback to safety at the team’s behest.
There are no hard feelings — the family understands that this is a business. And they’re happy that they can make the same drive from their home in Connecticut to watch Pinnock play this fall. The drive is a bit of a hike, reaching more than two hours. But that is far easier than the trek had Pinnock ended up in another part of the country.
“Initially, we didn’t even know the Giants were really that interested,” Louis Pinnock said. “It didn’t even come to our mind, but this actually works out to be the best case scenario in a lot of ways. So it is a relief because to have to move, possibly across the country, it could be anywhere, which is a lot for somebody to try to uproot their whole life.
“I mean, he would’ve done it and he would’ve made it work, but this is probably a lot easier.”
When Louis Pinnock spoke to The Post, mere hours after Jason had been signed, the family had already ordered blue jerseys to replace their green ones. Jason grew up a Jets fan and was selected by them in the fifth round of the 2021 draft, but he and his family will quickly shed that loyalty.
His focus now will become cracking the Giants’ crowded depth chart at safety. Pinnock will be behind Xavier McKinney, Julian Love and Dane Belton in the competition for snaps, though Belton is currently dealing with a collarbone injury that could keep him out of the opener at Tennessee.
Giants coach Brian Daboll said earlier this week that he liked Pinnock’s contributions on special teams, and that he stood out when the Giants’ scouting department watched tape.
“I just think he has some good traits that we’re looking for,” Daboll said Wednesday. “Got some good speed, some size, can play in the kicking game. We’ll get him here and see what he can do in our system.”
“I think he’s definitely going to bring some athleticism to that position,” Louis Pinnock said. “He’s just an intense person, he’ll pop you. He can cover. There’s just some things, I think he brings a certain amount of skill. He can jump through the ceiling. So there’s gonna be some things, I think the Giants saw that.”
Louis Pinnock coached Jason at Windsor High School in the Hartford suburbs and can vouch for his football IQ as well, going as far as to say his son could coach after his playing career ends.
Of course, the hope is that there will be a while to go until that happens. Pinnock still has a mark to make with the Giants, and his family will be cheering him on.
“From a family standpoint, we’re perfectly good with this one,” Louis Pinnock said. “Perfect.”