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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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  • Larry James

    New Orleans Saints Malcolm Jenkins you hustled today against Tampa Bay if you guys hustle hard every game you will make it to the playoff. You guys fanbase is very happy about how far you guys come keep up the hard work.