Saints S Malcolm Jenkins could be used in his old collegiate role if needed


December 26, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints have seen their secondary take some hits recently with injuries to cornerbacks Corey White(knee) and Elbert Mack(concussion).  That means that they could do some reassignments if they become even more depleted.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt said yesterday that if the Saints have to, then safety Malcolm Jenkins could make the move to cornerback which is the role he was originally drafted for.

Jenkins was drafted out of Ohio State in 2009 with the role of cornerback in mind.  This was because this was the position that he played during his collegiate career as a Buckeye.

It became evident though that Jenkins was more suited to play the safety position after his first year with the team.  Jenkins eventually won the starting free safety position after former teammate safety Darren Sharper was on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the 2010 season.

While the Saints still have three healthy cornerbacks in Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, and Johnny Patrick, Patrick has not performed well at the nickle position and opposing teams have capitalized on it.

Mack said that he feels fine but will have to pass the concussion test in order to play while White is said to be progressing from his knee injury.  Both players have not practiced all week and if they don’t return today, their status for playing Sunday won’t look good.

If the Saints do have to insert Jenkins at the cornerback spot it appears that he won’t mind and told WWL-TV, “I like to relish in my corner days.”  The only question would be how would the transition effect his performance since the two spots are played so differently.