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Saints FS Jenkins a disappointment in 2011

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Expectations were raised for Malcolm Jenkins in 2011 as he entered his third season, and perhaps the bar was set too high. With Jenkins coming off a promising first season as the Saints' starting free safety, former Saints DE Alex Brown called him one of the three most special players he had ever taken the field with, back in training camp, putting Jenkins in the same category as Brian Urlacher and Jevon Kearse. The Saints were counting on Jenkins to be a playmaker in the secondary, but big plays from him were rare. He made only one sack, didn't have a single interception and forced only one fumble in his 15 starts. He also struggled in coverage vs. TE Vernon Davis in the Saints' devastating playoff loss to the 49ers. The Saints have a new defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo, and he's looking for a DB coach who can help Jenkins — still one of the team's more promising young players — put a disappointing performance behind him.

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