Oct. 21, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) celebrates after making a tackle at the goalline against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Safety Malcolm Jenkins provides unbelievable hustle when New Orleans Saints needed it

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.

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