Malcolm Jenkins Bounceback
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Malcolm Jenkins Bounceback
Posted by blueslover on 10/18 at 11:56 am
Like many I was about ready to write off Jenkins going into this season. He looks like a different player under Ryan. There is still a bad angle of arm tackle now and then but overall he has been making plays. I was considering posting about it then read some good stuff from Larry Holder that addressed this-

He's been one of the key pieces to the defense's resurgence, proving that 2012's struggles weren't indicative of his talents. Coordinator Rob Ryan continues to place the 2009 first-round pick in positions to succeed and help the defense.
In some alignments Jenkins might play his traditional center-field position. On others he might line up closer to the line of scrimmage as a nickel cornerback or blitzer.

The results through six games? Twenty-nine total tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass defenses.

Jenkins has become a playmaker once again.

The Saints have always been high on Jenkins' intelligence and intangibles. His improved play should make it a no-brainer for the Saints to re-sign Jenkins in the offseason. A franchise tag won't be in order, but Jenkins likely will receive a contract at least similar to the one Roman Harper signed a few years ago (four years, $28.5 million maximum).

What say ye?




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Posted by Brettesaurus Rex on 10/18 at 11:57 am to blueslover
He's really been best in the nickel role honestly


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Posted by geauxtigers87 on 10/18 at 11:59 am to blueslover
if he gets harper money I'll lose it. but I think he has played into another deal


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Posted by goatmilker on 10/18 at 12:04 pm to blueslover
I wanted this guy gone the last two years. Was warm poo.
Well damn if crow don't taste too bad. Ryan has really seen where and how to play him. Congrats to both he and Mal

(four years, $28.5 million maximum).

What say ye?

In our current cap situation I would hope not but Ryan will make that call I would think.



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Posted by 4thandinches on 10/18 at 12:04 pm to blueslover
I love Malc. The guy will be a solid player for all of his career. Well worth the investment; especially with the way CRR has been using him. He's playing his stengths, and it's showing.


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Posted by burdman on 10/18 at 12:04 pm to blueslover
If he gets a good deal, he should give Vaccaro a cut.


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Posted by Hoodoo Man on 10/18 at 12:06 pm to blueslover
He proved me wrong.

And I'm really happy about that.



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Posted by ATLienTiger on 10/18 at 12:14 pm to Hoodoo Man
Im still wondering what I'm missing reading all of y'alls responses. Sure the guy has a new found role playing close to the line and blitzing, which he is doing quite well these last 2 weeks in particular, but in coverage he is still found trailing behind receivers playing catch up, and still shoddy at tackling in the open field. Do we just replace Harper with Jenkins, in the sense that Harper's in the box run support tackling and blitzing role is now Jenkins'?


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Posted by Hoodoo Man on 10/18 at 12:17 pm to ATLienTiger
His coverage and tackling have improved.

And he blitzes well.




I'm not sure what Harper brings to the table that he doesn't.



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Posted by burdman on 10/18 at 12:22 pm to ATLienTiger
I haven't seen any decline in the defense without Harper. Maybe I'm missing it though?

Seems whatever role Harper plays has been filled just fine by Jenkins, Vaccaro, Bush, etc.



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Posted by SaintLSUnAtl on 10/18 at 12:23 pm to blueslover
Contract year. I like his play this year but I REALLY hope the Saints don't outbid themselves and overpay him as they tend to do (Harper, Grant, Smith, Vilma, etc)


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Posted by burdman on 10/18 at 12:23 pm to SaintLSUnAtl
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I like his play this year but I REALLY hope the Saints don't outbid themselves and overpay him as they tend to do (Harper, Grant, Smith, Vilma, etc)


I agree with this.



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Posted by ATLienTiger on 10/18 at 12:27 pm to burdman
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I haven't seen any decline in the defense without Harper. Maybe I'm missing it though?

Seems whatever role Harper plays has been filled just fine by Jenkins, Vaccaro, Bush, etc.


There hasn't been a drop off. Just that Jenkins and Harper were two different Safety positions, in a nickle it all works out though not having Harper. You have to keep in mind they will be required to drop into coverage at some point, and Harper on any good Tight End is a matchup nightmare for us.

I still fear when a team goes 5 wide and Jenkins has to handle a slot receiver and not some Running Back or slow Tight End. As others have stated, please don't over pay for Jenkins. He has showed he can play well in a specific role, but manning the back end of the defense playing center field is a huge weakness of his, so yes keep him near the line.



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Posted by htran90 on 10/18 at 1:05 pm to ATLienTiger
I say 4yr/24mil would be a good number.

He's never been a great FS, but I think he'd be a better SS in harper's role.



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Posted by Gugich22 on 10/18 at 5:16 pm to blueslover
Contract year


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