30-Year-Old Safety – Philadelphia Eagles
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Playing opposite Rodney McLeod, Jenkins saw his tackle production fall off a great deal in 2016, dropping from 109 in 2015 to just 72. Luckily for his IDP owners, Jenkins offset that with an extra int...
Malcolm Jenkins Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $40.5 million deal with the Eagles in February of 2016.
Jenkins picked up nine tackles (four solo) in the Eagles' 34-29 victory over the Giants on Sunday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Although he's a fine selection in this range, Jenkins is a candidate to get overdrafted in IDP leagues. Last year's triple-digit tackle season is the only one of his career, and it took a towering total of 1,211 snaps to make it happen. That snap count will almost certainly fall, perhaps as much as by 250. Unless his tackle rate increases, the probable drop in snaps caused by coach Kelly's exit will lower Jenkins' tackle ceiling to the 90 range rather than triple digits. And while he somehow has five career TDs to his credit, Jenkins' career high of three picks implies limited playmaking upside.
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 former cornerback, it makes sense that Jenkins would be used more as a centerfielder than an in-the-box tackling machine, but there's some hope for a bounce-back IDP effort from Jenkins given that he posted 94 tackles in just 13 games in 2012. Plus, he finished the 2014 on a strong note for his IDP owners, totaling 27 tackles in the final four games. It's also worth mentioning that Jenkins defended 15 passes last year, intercepting three, so he seems to have credible interception upside.
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.