5 things to know about returning New Orleans Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins

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Malcolm Jenkins shows no signs of the injury bug

While some fans may feel that signing Jenkins is a risky move at 32, he’s done nothing but prove his durability since entering the league. In fact, he’s started all 96 games since leaving the Saints in 2014, earning three Pro Bowls along the way.

Further, in the time he was a Saint, he was only inactive for 7 games in his five-year tenure.

Anyone familiar with the Saints is painfully aware of their inability to shake the injury bug. After practically losing half of our defense after the Week 14 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers last season, gaining a player with staying power cannot be understated enough.

It was clear that amongst, well, a myriad of issues in the Wild Card matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, losing several core starters was a key factor in last season’s loss. The Saints simply cannot afford the same song to play out this season.

Though Vonn Bell (who’s likely a goner with this move) only missed three games last year, respectively, Jenkins should be a solid, durable starter – with a load of veteran experience.