Thanks to resident blogger Joshua Joffrion for taking the time to write this piece on the Saints’ current starting free safety (at least as long as Sharper is out) Malcolm Jenkins.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins of the New Orleans Saints is optimistic that the Saints can repeat as NFL champions this season but knows that it will take plenty of work. “That is the goal and we are working extremely hard to get back there but it still comes down to wining games and that’s our biggest focus right now. We must take it a game at a time just like we did last year. We must succeed when we are suppose to succeed and find a way to win when the odds are against us. We did a great job of that last year and we will have to preserve through tough games,” the second year player says. Jenkins, who was drafted 14th overall in last year’s draft, was considered by some scouts to be better suited for the safety position and was moved from cornerback to safety during the offseason and feels comfortable at his new position. “I love the move to safety it feels natural and I’m able to use my instincts and range to my advantage,” he says. The Saints coaching staff made the decision to draft Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson with their first round pick this year thus giving the team the depth to move Jenkins who will be the backup to veteran Darren Sharper. Says Jenkins of Sharper,”I thinks he’s a huge piece to our puzzle defensively. You saw what he did last year on the field and even if he’s not on the field he can teach other players to do the things that he did.” Sharper, who was brought in last year after a productive career with Green Bay and Minnesota and was the star of the Saints’ new and improved defense but Jenkins thinks that the defense can improve even more. “I think the “D” has the potential to be better than we were last year, but potential isn’t enough we still have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be,” he says. That place where Saints want to be is Dallas in February of 2011 which is where the Super Bowl will be held at the end of this season and the team wouldn’t mind bringing another trophy back home to Who Dat Town.