Granted that New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins and the rest of the secondary haven’t been having a great start to the season. But Jenkins helped provide several key plays today in the team’s 35-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
At the 6:39 mark of the third quarter, Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman completed a pass to wide receiver Vincent Jackson who caught it at the 25 yard-line. Jackson was off to the races for what looked like a sure touchdown.
However, out of nowhere, Jenkins came into frame and tackled Jackson at the 1 yard-line. It was astounding for the simple fact that Jenkins chased him down from across the field and also Jackson had a five yard head start.
Later after the catch, the Buccaneers attempted to punch the ball in and Jenkins once again provided a play stopping running back LeGarrette Blount short of the goal line and forcing the Buccaneers into a 4th and 1 situation.
Jenkins had a similar hustle play against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day 2010. Cowboys receiver Roy Williams was streaking towards the endzone much like Jackson for a game sealing touchdown when Jenkins caught up to him and stripped the ball forcing a fumble that he also recovered.