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A Look At New Orleans Saints Secondary: Malcolm Jenkins

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For the 2010-2011 season, Jenkins was moved to Free Safety because of Safety Darren Sharper’s recovery from a knee surgery.  Sharper even joked that Jenkins had become his protege.  All joking aside, Who Dat Nation quickly saw that Jenkins had moved from behind Sharper’s shadow and was making his own mark.

Jenkins will best be remembered that season for two key games he was in and one that he wasn’t in.  The first was the game with the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.  Since they had ruined our perfect season last year, I was hoping to destroy them in “Jerry World”.  Instead we had nail-biter.

The Saints were trailing in the fourth quarter and in danger of losing.  Cowboys Wide Receiver Roy Williams caught a pass and was streaking for the endzone.  Out of nowhere, Jenkins came from behind and stripped the ball from Williams.

The Saints would go on to win 30-27.  Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said Jenkins had done “one of those plays that inspires everybody on the team”.  Jenkins was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in that game.

Several weeks later I was proud to be witness to his next great performance when we played the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 12, 2010.  I had taken my Dad to the game since he had never been before and also to have some “father & son time”.  What a time it was!  Jenkins would intercept Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford twice, with one being returned 96 yards for a touchdown.

There was a touch of deja vu on that play because it was almost an exact copy of the play last season when Darren Sharper intercepted Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez for a touchdown return.  My Dad exclaimed, “Man that kid is fast”!  The Superdome erupted in cheers.  Alas, the joy was short lived.

Jenkins would be severly injured on January 2, 2011 when he was attempting to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Back LeGarrette Blount.  Jenkins knee was hurt and he didn’t return.  It was thought he might make it for the Wild Card Playoff game againts the Seattle Seahawks.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.  This is the game I mentioned he was remembered for not playing in.