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Saints FS Jenkins ready, willing to lead

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Dan Parr
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By Dan Parr

Inconsistency has defined the Saints over the past month, and their defense has struggled against mediocre offenses, including those of the Buccaneers and Rams. FS Malcolm Jenkins has had his down moments like just about everyone else, but he has been one of the steadier players and is getting more comfortable speaking up and taking on a leadership role as he enters the second half of his third season. Head coach Sean Payton seems pleased with that development. "Malcolm Jenkins has really emerged as a guy that has great focus and has a strong personality about him," Payton said on Nov. 3. Jenkins is not as established as veteran leaders like Drew Brees, Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith, but his words carry weight in large part because of his work ethic and performance on the field. He has developed into one of the league's top free safeties since moving to the position from cornerback after his rookie year. He challenges himself and his teammates to get better.

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