The last time Kerry Wynn ran with the football in his hands? He had to think hard about that.
“Probably high school,” he eventually said.
Maybe he should do it more often. The third-year defensive end ran 73 yards on an interception return to give the Giants a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter of their 21-20 win over the Jets on Saturday night.
Unlike some defensive linemen who lumber after they find themselves with the ball, Wynn looked like a natural ballcarrier. He made a nice move to elude quarterback Bryce Petty in the open field and then had the speed and stamina to make it all the way to the end zone.
“It felt like I was running forever, but luckily I made it in there,” Wynn said. “It felt like 100 yards. It felt a lot farther than it was.”
Wynn caught the ball after linebacker J.T. Thomas broke up a screen pass and tipped it in the air. Wynn picked up a key block along the sideline from Davon Coleman that allowed him to reach the end zone. But the highlight of the return was undoubtedly the move on Petty.
“Man, I didn’t know he had juke moves like that,” fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon said. “He had a little stick and go. But I’m happy for him. This is his coming-out party now. He’s the man of the hour.”