27-Year-Old Safety – Philadelphia Eagles
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Jenkins didn't show much IDP upside in 2014, his first season with Philadelphia, barely hitting the 80-tackle mark in 16 starts. The year before that, he posted just 68 tackles in 14 games. As a forme...
Malcolm Jenkins Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $16.25 million deal with the Eagles in March 2014.
Jenkins finished 2014 with 80 tackles (64 solo) and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Jenkins has had a solid five-year career with the Saints, recently racking up 68 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions over his 2013 campaign. The Eagles needed to address their week secondary, and were able to reel in Jenkins with $8.5 million in guaranteed money. He should step right into a starting safety role and he remains a quality IDP option due to his playmaking ability.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Although Jenkins saw a drastic drop in tackles from 94 in 2013 to 62 in 2013, he posted career-highs in sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles. The veteran admitted he needed to improve in the tackling department and will get plenty of opportunities to do so as he joins an Eagles defense that ranked dead last against the pass in 2013.
Jenkins will start at free safety with the Saints after recording 94 tackles but only one interception in 13 games in 2012. Yet with the Saints' historically bad defense, the Saints drafted S Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of the NFL draft. Jenkins starting position is likely safe in 2013, but expect Vaccaro to see early playing time in some capacity, which could limit Jenkins' fantasy value.
Many expected Jenkins to make the leap to stardom in his second full season at free safety. However, he remained stuck in neutral, making only a minor boost in tackles but failing to record a single interception. With a change in defensive coordinators, from the hyper-aggresive Gregg Williams to the more conservative approach of Steve Spaguolo, Jenkins should see a few more opportunities to put his ball-tracking skills to use.
In his first year as a starting safety, Jenkins contributed 64 tackles (54 solo), one sack and two interceptions (one that he returned for his first career touchdown). Jenkins is extremely skilled and should only continue to progress as he becomes more comfortable at the free safety position since transitioning from cornerback. Under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' aggressive scheme, Jenkins should continue to improve and produce solid turnover and tackle numbers.
2010 will serve as a transition year for Jenkins. As many predicted, Jenkins will make the move from cornerback to free safety and is viewed as the eventual replacement to Darren Sharper. This year, expect Jenkins to serve as a nickel or dime defensive back as he learns the safety position.
The Saints finally came to the conclusion that drafting a first-round corner for the first time since Alex Moldin in 1996 was a good idea. While many knocked Jenkins after a slow combine time, he brings tremendous playmaking skills to the secondary. Expect modest numbers out of Jenkins in his first year while showing flashes of his potential at multiple positions in the secondary.