Many an opportunity was miscarried for New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins in the 2011 season. On multiple instances he nearly grabbed for an interception but came away short handed. Obviously his performance was a bitter pill to swallow and left the former Ohio State safety perturbed.
So what, you may ask, is he going to do this year? Have more of a process and be more methodical? Jenkins isn’t really concerned with convention but more with praying to God.
When recently interviewd after practice Jenkins had this to pronounce,
“Dude, when I say I put it in God’s hands, I’m dead serious. That’s all I’ve done is pray. I told myself at the end of last year I’m going to work on my hands all year. But the new CBA doesn’t allow us to practice with the football as defensive guys. Really, I haven’t gotten a chance to do much ball work during the offseason.”
And praying may just be what the doctor ordered. In the first three weeks of training camp, no other defensive back has flourished under Spagnuolo’s program as much as Jenkins. In fact, it’s renewed his love for football.
Just this week, Jenkins has intercepted Saints leader and quarterback Drew Brees not once but twice. He also got in front of receiver Lance Moore and snagged the ball while also nabbing the ball from receiver Marques Colston in the red zone.
Jenkins isn’t a man known to let interceptions slip by him. In his own words,
“I’ve never really had a problem tracking balls or playing the ball at all. Last year was very weird for me because I did struggle with it. Playing the ball down the field was one of my weak points. It’s definitely something I want to improve on. I still work on it every day. Hopefully, that’ll continue to get better.”