The last time we seen Mike Jenkins in action he was a starter in a mediocre Dallas Cowboys defense. That was a couple months ago, since then the Cowboys have revamped their defense and looked solid in their regular season opener against the New York Giants. A major reason for the Cowboys success should be credited to first round draft pick Morris Claiborne, and free agent acquisition Brandon Carr, who have taken the starting roles at cornerbacks. In the regular season opener Claiborne and Carr managed to keep Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz in check, and didn’t allow any touchdowns from either of them. Now the question that is on everyone’s mind is, “What role will Mike Jenkins play upon his return?”
Mike Jenkins said, “That’s the plan” when asked about his potential return against the Seattle Seahawks. Mike Jenkins is scheduled to have his first padded practice on Wednesday. This will be his first padded practice since having surgery on an injured right shoulder that bugged him for most of last season. Now that Jenkins is healthy we can expect him to get some game reps, the type of reps he will receive remain to be seen. Although, he was a starter last year and possibly was the best cornerback on the roster, the Cowboys are a changed secondary and he is no longer going to be a starter for this team.
One thing the Dallas Cowboys can expect is Rob Ryan trying to draw up some scheme to get Jenkins on the field. Naturally, Jenkins has played on the outside his whole career, but don’t be surprised if he’s forced to adapt to a slot corner like role. As of right now Orlando Scandrick is the one occupying the slot corner responsibilities, but if Jenkins shines at the position expect Ryan to have both corners split time at the slot. Rob might also give Jenkins a look at the safety position on some defensive downs, although the idea of having Jenkins as a safety makes people cringe a little, it’s bound to happen.
Ryan will find a way to integrate Jenkins into this defense, so expect too see Jenkins on the field this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Mike Jenkins impact on the field is yet to be determined but is something to look out for. Earlier this off-season I stated that Jenkins may be headed for a breakout season, the only way that will happen is for him to earn some time in the corner rotation. If he manages to find significant time on the field expect Mike Jenkins to be am impact player on the Cowboys roster.