Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins had a sensational sophomore season in 2009 in which he tallied 49 tackles and five interceptions which put him in the discussion as one of the league’s top young cornerbacks.
However, Jenkins recently gave a troubling quote that could allow people to question his hunger and whether or not he wants to get any better.
Jenkins said, “I’ve got a Pro Bowl under my belt, so that’s one of the goals I don’t even have to work for. I feel like my job right now is easier, so I don’t have to work as hard. I can just go on and ride that roller-coaster and keep playing.”
Perhaps Jenkins just spoke without thinking. Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo said that he did not notice a difference in Jenkins’ approach to the game during the recent minicamps and OTAs.
“I don’t think he’s changed at all, to be honest with you,” Campo said. “If you watch him out there, he does everything like he’s going to do in the game. That’s the thing I like about him the best. He really competes. He does not like to get beat.”
Jenkins’ five interceptions lead the Cowboys last season, but he still has a lot to learn. Campo loves Jenkins competitiveness — which was not evident in the Jenkins quote — and he is urging you the corner to work further improve his technique and mental strength for the upcoming season.
With no real threat to his starting job, Jenkins will need to find motivation elsewhere to continue his improvement and quest to be one of the league’s top cornerbacks.