Many thought the job of impending free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins was on the line when the New Orleans Saints took Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of this year’s draft.
That is simply not the case.
The reasoning? Rob Ryan has found a way to use both Jenkins and Vaccaro together on the field at the same time perfectly. Mike Triplett of ESPN illustrates this point perfectly:
Ironically, Jenkins is thriving even after the Saints used their first-round draft pick on Vaccaro. At the time, it seemed like Vaccaro might be a threat to either Jenkins’ or Harper’s job security. Instead, they’ve helped each other by making it harder for opposing offenses to know what’s coming.
“Having those type of guys that can play in multiple positions, one, gives us a great look for quarterbacks because they don’t know who is who. And it allows us to be multiple,” Jenkins said. “And that’s when we start having fun.”
Both Vaccaro and Jenkins are versatile enough to play slot corner or either of the safety positions on the field. In turn, this means Ryan has been using a three-safety look a lot in combo with Roman Harper to effectively shut down opposing offenses.
It’s another wrinkle of Ryan genius, and the Saints appear to be set at the position for years to come.
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