It seems that the New Orleans Saints just cannot catch a break with injuries, particularly to their defensive players. Starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley will miss several weeks with a calf injury. Bunkely suffered the injury in Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons and was sporting a walking boot and crutches after the game. The Saints are already thin on the defensive line, so the team brought back defensive end Jay Richardson. With Bunkley out, rookie defensive tackle John Jenkins will get the starting nod in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jenkins was the Saints’ third round pick in this year’s draft and the former Georgia Bulldog will need to step up for the team. He is a mountain of a man, as he stands at 6-foot-4, 346 pounds, and the Saints will need him to anchor the defense. Jenkins did have some playing time in Week 1 and recorded two tackles. In Week 2, Jenkins will be starting and should have a lot more production.
Even though it will only be Jenkins’ second NFL game there are a lot of expectations, and the Saints really need him to come through. Bunkley’s injury could be a blessing in disguise, because Jenkins could have a great game and really prove himself. Furthermore, the Saints drafted Jenkins and had him as their future starting nose tackle, but now that will come quicker than anyone thought.
I think Jenkins could have a great game against the Bucs, and he will obviously be the starter for at least a few weeks while Bunkley nurses his injury. However, if Jenkins plays great during the next couple of weeks, he could legitimately earn his starting spot at nose tackle.