It may have been a long, drawn out process for the St. Louis Rams to get controversial rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins signed and into camp, but the progression of turning him into a starter has been somewhat expedited. Word out of camp is that Jenkins has been super impressive and looks like a starter already.
His teammates concur with this predominating sentiment as safety Quintin Mikell said: “He is a young guy who is coming in with a lot of confidence. He has come in and made a lot of plays already. I can see it coming. He’s going to have a good year. They’re going to test him and he might have a little bit of struggles here or there, but he has a lot of confidence and is a guy who can make plays.”
For a veteran to offer up praise like that so quickly after a player yet to set foot on an NFL field held out for a lengthy period of time, Jenkins must be awfully impressive. A number of off-field issues in college pushed him down to the second round in April’s draft, but most scouts believed without that baggage he would have been the first corner taken. If the Rams can keep his issues at bay, they will surely reap the benefits of those pre-draft worries over the years ahead.
Since Jenkins is now practicing with the starters just three days into camp, it may be safe to pencil him in as a guy playing opposite free agent acquisition Cortland Finnegan in the upcoming season. The Rams know for sure that their secondary has to see significant improvement from a year ago which was riddled by injuries and mediocre play. If the rest of the Rams’ draft class pans out as well as Jenkins is on the field, this could be a real turning point in the franchise.
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