3 Saints who must step up in Week 7 against Carolina

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Malcolm Jenkins

The last player that really needs to step up is Malcolm Jenkins. Last year, with the Eagles, Jenkins played great. He was among the top safeties in the NFL. This year, he has looked completely opposite in his second stint with the Saints.

He also has to watch out for up and coming young star Chauncey Gardner-Johnson could very easily steal his starting position within the next couple of games if he continues to play like he is currently playing.

Jenkins has the second-most tackles on the team, but that doesn’t signify much besides he gets to the ball. His on paper stats are actually good, but his positioning, his play on the ball, and his eyes/vision have given up some big plays to receivers.

The Saints will need him playing Robby Anderson, DJ Moore, and Curtis Samuel, a trio of deep-ballt threats.

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The Saints have a tough divisional lineup this week against the Panthers. The winner of this game takes the No. 2 in the NFC South behind the Buccaneers who are 4-2. With the Buccs playing so well, the Saints need this win.