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New Orleans Saints secondary get’s a boost ahead of Lions playoff matchup

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He was able to practice late in the week leading up to the Saints regular season finale with the Panthers, but he was deactivated to allow more time to heal as the team headed into the post season.

Jenkins hasn’t been the turnover machine that former starter Darren Sharper was during the teams 2009 Super Bowl winning season.

However effectiveness cannot always be measured by stats alone.

The Saints defense plays better with him in the lineup, and the secondary certainly performs to a higher level.

Corner’s Tracy Porter, Jabari Greer, and Patrick Robinson can count on Jenkins to be there when it matters as he has tremendous range in the “center field” role as he roams the deep end of the secondary.

He also is never afraid of the big hit, and is one of the Saints most fiery defenders when on the field.

Getting him back in the lineup is huge for the defense.

Even with him back the perception is that overall the Saints defense gives up way too many yards, which is easy to think, considering they rank 24th in the league surrendering an average of 368.4 a game.

But Jenkins himself summed up it best what the Saints defense is all about when questioned as to what he thinks they could do better when stopping the pass.

"When you have an offense that is as explosive as we have, teams have to keep up and they’re going to throw the ball. The stats aren’t going to look that great. All we do is make big plays, keep them out of the end zone and play well on third down."

Jenkins is right, the Saints defense is tops in the league at not allowing an opposing offense to convert on third down, and they rank 13th overall in consideration to points surrendered with an average of 21.2 a game.

At home this season the defense has been phenomenal — surrendering 17.8 points per game — while the offense has averaged 42 points per game.

It’s really a simple formula, and one that’s helped them achieve a perfect 8-0 record inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year. Any team coming for a visit is in for a long day, just ask Malcolm Jenkins.

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