May 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins (27) laughs during organized team activities at the Saints training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins Struggling Early With Critical Year Approaching

The New Orleans Saints have a lot to figure out in the defensive secondary with guys like Kenny Vaccaro and Roman Harper on the roster fighting for playing time, but one man with potentially the most to lose, safety Malcolm Jenkins, is stumbling into what is a critical year for his career.

According to Nakia Hogan of, so far in OTAs, Jenkins has been hobbled by a hamstring injury and has blown at least two assignments:

A former first-round pick of the Saints, Jenkins is widely viewed as one of the Saints’ most promising defensive players. But after being slowed in the early portions of OTAs with a hamstring injury, Jenkins hasn’t dazzled in practice.

He appeared to blow coverage on two big plays on back-to-back days during minicamp. It’ll be interesting to see if Jenkins corrects his mistakes and shows some of his playmaking ability during practice.

It can be difficult to read too much into OTAs but the latest news concerning Jenkins is not positive in the least.

Jenkins simply cannot afford to have a down year in 2013. He is headed for free agency after the 2013 season and, while he has a hold on the starting spot for now, the rookie Vaccaro is versatile enough to take over at either starting spot and could cause Jenkins to become expendable this upcoming offseason.

In reality, Jenkins is a very talented player with the abilities to turn things around, especially under the guidance of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The jury is still out on how well Jenkins will play next year, but the early signs are certainly not encouraging.


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