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A Look At New Orleans Saints Secondary: Malcolm Jenkins

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And Jenkins did just that.  Praised by the coaching staff, including Williams, Jenkins was a hard worker and his learning curve was high.  Jenkins started on Special Teams where he immediately shined and forced several fumbles.  He was also getting a reputation for making big hits.

One in particular I will never forget, was when the Saints played the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009.  Eagles Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson was known as a dangerous punt returner and could easily avoid big bodies with his slim frame and signature juke moves.  On one punt return, DeSean Jackson received the punt and started his trademark juke move to avoid the first few tacklers.  Jenkins wasn’t fooled and took Jackson head on and the camera’s recorded the sicking “SMACK”.  The film crew then showed a pumped up Jenkins screaming Jackson’s number as Jackson struggled to recover from the hit.  “Come on 10! Come on 10!”, Jenkins screamed.  I’m really liking this guy now!

Jenkins would go on to actually start his first game at  in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of an injury to Cornerback Jabari Greer and recorded his first interception against Quarterback Josh Freeman.  Jenkins would then go on and play in SuperBowl 44 including being in on the famous play where Tracy Porter intercepted Peyton Manning for a touchdown return.  Life was good for the rookie.