Thursday, August 20, 2009

Saints Nation: Malcolm Jenkins starting to make his mark

In limited time with limited reps, 1st round draft pick and rookie Malcolm Jenkins has made the most of it. Whether it's been in practice or the first preseason game, Jenkins has been making plays all over the place. Yesterday in a practice against the Houston Texans, Jenkins had the play of the day, stepping in front of a Matt Schaub pass attempt and taking the interception 70 yards for a pick 6. Shockingly, Jenkins is already getting time ahead of Randall Gay in nickel situations and may have passed the veteran on the depth chart after having only been with the team for 10 days (or 11 days late). This all despite the fact that Gay had a very solid season a year ago, and was arguably the Saints' most reliable corner. Based on Jenkins' incredibly fast progress it's not impossible to think Jenkins could even challenge Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter for a starting spot at some point this season - though Greer has been without question the most impressive corner through camp thus far. So far it seems the Saints pick is far more hit than miss - though I want to guard Saints fans (and myself) in getting ahead of ourselves. Still, very promising stuff from the 1st round pick.

In other news Drew Brees has returned from his mother's service and is back with the team. He is expected to direct the first team in practice today - again in Houston going up against the Texans, who the Saints will be playing this Saturday in their second preseason game.