The Saints will be without FS Darren Sharper for at least the first six weeks of the season as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery on the physically unable to perform list. He made a major impact on last year's team with nine interceptions and three touchdowns, but we hear his absence isn't a major concern for the Saints. Sharper's replacement in the starting lineup, second-year veteran Malcolm Jenkins, played well in the season opener and we hear defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has plenty of confidence that Jenkins can fill the void until Sharper is healthy. Jenkins appears to have made a smooth transition from cornerback to free safety in the offseason and he showed good instincts and good hands — he nearly made an interception on the sideline, but couldn't keep both feet inbounds — vs. the Vikings. Jenkins may move out of the starting lineup when Sharper returns, but the team considers him to be the long-term solution at free safety.
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