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).
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