May 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins (27) laughs during organized team activities at the Saints training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
After the New Orleans Saints selected Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of the draft this year most knew the pressure was on Malcolm Jenkins—something he admitted he is fully aware of during the press conference to kick off Saints training camp.
Jenkins was one of the last players to take the podium during the conferences, but he arguably provided the most insight into next season.
He told the media he loves the new 3-4 defense under Rob Ryan, this is his first normal offseason in the NFL and he’s focused on the battle with Vaccaro (per NOLA.com):
"M. Jenkins: “This whole offseason, we’ve been able to focus solely on football. And that’s refreshing.Malcolm Jenkins said it’s refreshing to be focused simply on football this training camp. Also he said he’s motivated this season considering this is a contract year and with the competition brought in with Kenny Vaccaro.Malcolm Jenkins call this the first normal offseason of his pro careerJenkins: 3-4 fits our personnel very well, since we have a lot of versatile players"
Versatile is the name of the game in a 3-4 defense and the Saints have a ton of players that fit the bill. Jenkins is a big part of that considering his ability to play safety and corner.
Of course, the rookie Vaccaro can do the exact same thing.
There may be no bigger battle than the one that is about to occur in the defensive secondary. We know what Jenkins brings to the table, but Vaccaro is a rare talent in his own right.
Jenkins is ready. Are you?
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