Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins (92) is held back by Miami Dolphins tackle Tyson Clabo (77) as Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) passes the ball in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated Miami 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints have a star rookie on defense, and we are not talking about safety Kenny Vaccaro, we’re talking about defensive tackle John Jenkins.
We could rant about how great Vaccaro is all day, but it’s the play of the third-round pick out of Georgia that should be turning heads. Check out this quote from ESPN’s Mike Triplett:
"Jenkins’ overall season grade of plus-5.2 ranks him sixth best among all rookies in the NFL this year, according to PFF. He’s had a positive grade in all four games this year, effective as both a run defender and pass-rusher, after being thrust into a more prominent role when veteran starter Brodrick Bunkleywas injured in Week 1. And Jenkins had his best game Monday night in a 38-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins."
Many thought the injury to Broderick Bunkley was a serious issue, but Jenkins has stepped in and made him an afterthought at this point. Jenkins is a natural in a 3-4 scheme and has been solid in all aspects thus far as the numbers show.
The coaching staff is going to have some serious issues figuring out how to allocate the playing time once the line returns to full strength. Jenkins has been a nice surprise, but it really should have been expected given how great the Saints have been at drafting in years past.
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