Christmas came a little early for the New Orleans Saints and it was just what the “doctor ” ordered.
The New Orleans Saints claimed cornerback Janoris Jenkins off waivers yesterday after the New York Giants choose to release Jenkins after a “controversial” remark he made at a fan jawing at him on Twitter.
The move couldn’t have come at a better time for the New Orleans Saints defense.
The unit as a whole has struggled mightily on the back half of the season due to some key defensive injuries to defensive tackle Sheldon Rankings (out for season), Vonn Bell (knee), and defensive end Marcus Davenport (out for season) who was off to a great start before suffering an injury set back.
The New Orleans Saints secondary has had its own set of problems in the past few weeks, giving up big pass yardage to the Carolina Panthers (256 yards), Atlanta Falcons (312 yards), and most recently the San Francisco 49ersers (349 yards).
Most notably the bulk of those passing yards have come at the expense of New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple who has been targeted 71 times this season, giving up 44 completions (62.0%) for 636 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 1 cornerback Marshon Lattimore has also had his struggles this year being targeted 75 times this season giving up 41 completions (54.7%) for 558 yards and 3 touchdowns with one interception. Cornerback PJ Willams has been targeted 55 times this year giving up 36 completions (65.5%) for 460 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Overall the New Orleans Saints defense is allowing their opponents to complete (63%) of their passes for 3,465 yards. They have given up 24 touchdowns through the air so far this season.
The addition of Janoris Jenkins couldn’t have come at a better time for the New Orleans Saints who are locked and loaded to make a deep playoff push with aspirations of reaching the Super Bowl in Miami.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound ex-New York Giants cornerback was having a stellar year before being abruptly released by the Giants after their week 14 game against the Miami Dolphins.
Janoris Jenkins has been targeted 78 times this season giving up 42 completions (53.8%) for 503 yards and 3 touchdowns but also 4 interceptions on the season which makes the move a no brainer for Saints management.
Where the Saints plan to use Jenkins in their scheme remains to be seen, but I could see them moving him down to cover the slot wide receivers this season while leaving both Eli Apple and Marshon Lattimore at their respective positions.
With the emergence of rookie cornerback CJ Gardener Johnson and the addition of veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins, the New Orleans Saints have bolstered their secondary at the right time of the season.
I expect Janoris Jenkins to fit right in with the moxy and swag of the Saints defensive unit and continue his playmaking ways to help fill the holes in their leaking secondary.