New Orleans Saints: Recently-signed Malcolm Jenkins calls New Orleans “family”
This is the feel-good story that you need during this time of need. New Orleans Saints recently-signed safety Malcolm Jenkins feels at home in NOLA.
As the city of New Orleans is under attack by an invisible invader, one New Orleans Saints player that was just signed a few days ago is ready to come home. That player is Malcolm Jenkins, a safety originally drafted by the Saints.
According to the team’s website, Malcolm Jenkins, on a conference call after his signing, showed his immense love for the city of New Orleans and the Saints’ diehard fan base, going as far as calling the city “family.”
"“New Orleans is family. I still have a place down there and my second daughter’s middle name is NOLA because I love that place. I’m excited to be back in the community. My foundation has maintained our programs in New Orleans over the last six years. It feels like I’m coming back home.”"
The Saints watched starting safety Vonn Bell not accept their offer and then leave after Jenkins and D.J. Swearinger were added to the team’s secondary. Bell will play with the Bengals while Jenkins will fill his spot as the team’s starting safety.
Jenkins is no stranger to New Orleans. The 6-foot, 32-year-old free safety played five seasons with the Saints before leaving for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles.
Playing and starting in all 16 games last season, Jenkins totaled 8 pass deflections and 2.5 sacks. He was a capable part of an Eagles secondary that could’ve used some improvement. In New Orleans, he’ll be a capable part of a secondary that should be the NFC South’s best.
Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins will lockdown the sides while Jenkins takes over the top. It’s a recipe for success, and hopefully, that’s exactly what comes of it. The team could also address secondary needs in the upcoming draft.
That said, New Orleans has seemed thankful that Jenkins is returning home, and they should accept him as family, just as he has already done.
Now, all there’s left to do is go out and bring back another Super Bowl title.