New Orleans’ first round draft pick in 2009, Jenkins has emerged as a significant contributor in the Saints secondary after seamlessly shifting from cornerback to the free safety position in 2010. In 57 games with 49 starts, Jenkins has recorded 325 tackles (233 solo), 32 passes defensed, two sacks, four interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In 2012, Jenkins was named a defensive team captain and finished third on the team with 95 stops (70 solo) despite missing the final three games of the season due to a hamstring injury. The former Ohio State standout looks to continue his quick progression and remain a leader in the defensive backfield in 2013.
NFL CAREER – New Orleans’ first round draft pick in 2009, Jenkins has emerged as a significant contributor in the Saints secondary after seamlessly shifting from cornerback to the free safety position in 2010. In 57 games with 49 starts, Jenkins has recorded 325 tackles (233 solo), 32 passes defensed, two sacks, four interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In 2012, Jenkins was named a defensive team captain and finished third on the team with 95 stops (70 solo) despite missing the final three games of the season due to a hamstring injury. The former Ohio State standout looks to continue his quick progression and remain a leader in the defensive backfield in 2013.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/15/12; Signed to a five-year contract, 8/10/09; Selected by New Orleans in the first round (14th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2011: USA Football All-Fundamentals Team; Jim Finks Good Guy Award (cooperation with local media); Saints Man of the Year (Club nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year); 2010: Associated Press second-team All-Pro; USA Today All-Joe; NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Weeks 12 and 14); GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (Week 12).
2012 – Voted by teammates as one of three season-long team defensive captains along with safety Roman Harper and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Started all 13 games he appeared in at free safety, missing the final three contests due to a hamstring injury and Finished tied for third on the team with 95 tackles (70 solo) five passes defensed, one blocked field goal and an interception returned 55 yards for a touchdown…Totaled nine stops (seven solo) at Carolina, Sept. 16…Posted nine tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed vs. Kansas City, Sept. 23…Recorded nine tackles (eight solo) for third consecutive week at Green Bay, Sept. 30…Registered 11 stops (nine solo), including a third quarter touchdown-saving tackle in which he chased down wide receiver Vincent Jackson at the one-yard line following a 95-yard gain that set up a successful goal-line stand at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…Tied a career-high with 13 tackles (seven solo) vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5…Totaled seven stops (six solo) and an interception of Carson Palmer that he returned 55 yards for a touchdown, the second interception return for a score in his career at Oakland, Nov. 18…Contributed seven tackles (four solo), a pass defensed and fourth quarter blocked field goal vs. San Francisco, Nov. 25…Saw action on defense and special teams at N.Y. Giants, Dec. 9., before suffering hamstring injury and being placed on Injured Reserve. 2011 – Started the first 15 games at free safety, missing regular season finale due (neck) and totaled a career-high 97 tackles (66 solo), a sack, 11 passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Started both postseason games and contributed seven solo tackles, one pass defense and one sack…Finished with five solo tackles and a pass defensed vs. Chicago, Sept. 18…Had career- and team-best 13 tackles and broke up team-high three passes at Tampa Bay, Oct. 16…Made eight tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed and sacked A.J. Feeley and forced him to cough up the ball, resulting in a recovery for a touchdown by Vilma at St. Louis, Oct. 30…Recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) and made a key overtime stop on fourth-and-one that helped set up the game-winning field goal at Atlanta, Nov. 13…Registered seven tackles (six solo) and one pass defensed vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 28…Totaled nine solo tackles and a pass defense at Tennessee, Dec. 11…Recorded a solo tackle, two passes defensed, and a fumble recovery he returned 30 yards for a touchdown vs. Atlanta, Dec. 26…Registered five solo tackles, one pass defensed, and his first career postseason sack in NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, 1/14/12. 2010 – Started all 15 regular season games he played in, 12 at free safety and three at cornerback due to injuries in the secondary. Finished second in defensive backfield with 82 tackles (56 solo), two interceptions to tie for team lead, one returned for a touchdown, one sack, a club-best 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in three-weeks following weeks 12 and 14, the most weekly conference honors by a Saints defender in a season since 2001…In first start at new position in opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9, made five tackles with one pass defensed…At San Francisco, Sept. 20, helped avert a potential 49ers score when he recovered a fumble forced by Vilma at the New Orleans three-yard line and added eight tackles (five solo)…Vs. Carolina, Oct. 3, his fourth quarter sack for a four-yard loss set up a fourth-and-16 situation for Panthers, putting them out of field goal range to preserve 16-13 win…Shifted back to cornerback due to injuries in secondary vs. Cleveland, Oct. 24 and finished with a team-best nine tackles (seven solo)…In his second start of the season at his old position vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31, posted seven tackles with team-high three passes defensed…Returned from missing game vs. Seattle, Nov. 21 with neck injury to make one of the season’s most spectacular plays at Dallas, Nov. 25. Stripped WR Roy Williams of the ball at the Saints 11-yard line with just over three minutes left to get the offense the ball back to set up the game-winning drive…Second quarter 96-yard interception return for a touchdown, the fourth-longest return in club record books vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12, gave New Orleans a 21-6 lead. Added another pick in the red zone in second half for five yards, making his 105 return yards the second-most in club history, also adding five tackles (four solo) and a pass defense…Knee injury suffered vs. Tampa Bay, 1/2/11, caused him to miss NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle. 2009 – Played in 14 regular season games with six starts at cornerback, missing two (ankle) and recorded 51 tackles (41 solo) with an interception and five passes defensed. A special teams standout, making nine tackles and forcing two fumbles and one recovery. In postseason, appeared in two games (inactive for NFC Championship with hamstring injury) and registered five tackles (four solo), one pass defense and one special teams stop…Made NFL debut in opener vs. Detroit, Sept. 13, on defense and special teams, saving a touchdown on a long kickoff return with tackle inside the New Orleans 20-yard line…Stripped the ball from Ellis Hobbs on a kickoff return, which was recovered and helped set up a quick touchdown at the beginning of the second half in addition to one defensive tackle at Philadelphia, Sept. 20…Made another big play on special teams at Buffalo, Sept. 27, when he forced punt returner Roscoe Parrish to fumble on a punt return and he recovered it, setting up the go-ahead field goal, adding one defensive tackle…Recorded one defensive stop and one special teams tackle, also downing a punt at the two-yard line vs. Carolina, Nov. 8…Registered four tackles and two passes defensed in his most extensive defensive action to date and made a key block on Courtney Roby’s third quarter 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at St. Louis, Nov. 15…Made first career start in place of an injured Tracy Porter at Tampa Bay, Nov. 22, and intercepted a second quarter pass for first his NFL pick, finishing with eight tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed…Started and made nine tackles vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 27…In Super Bowl XLIV, played in nickel package, making four solo tackles, a pass defensed and a special teams stop.
COLLEGE – A consensus All-American as senior in 2008, Jenkins was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award, recording a career-high 57 tackles, three forced fumbles, three interceptions, two blocked punts and a sack…An All-Big 10 selection his final three years, departed with 11 interceptions, including two he returned for TDs…Started 45-of-49 career games and totaled 196 stops, 18 pass defenses, three blocked punts and four forced fumbles…As junior in 2007, an All Big-Ten first-team choice, second-team Associated Press All-American and Thorpe Award semifinalist…Earned first-team All-American honors from several publications…Started all 13 games and led secondary with 44 tackles (27 solo)…Tied career-high with four interceptions for 53 yards in returns, including a touchdown…Had 23-yard interception return vs. LSU in BCS Championship at the Superdome…As sophomore in 2006,a first-team All-Big Ten selection, starting all 13 games, posting 55 tackles (40 solo) and four interceptions for 99 yards in returns, including a 61-yard TD vs. Penn State…Added four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a blocked punt…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.PERSONAL – A native of Piscataway, N.J., Jenkins Attended Piscataway HS, where he led team to three consecutive state titles playing wide receiver and defensive back…A senior All-State and All-American selection…Also excelled at track, winning the state title in the 400-meter dash as a junior…Took third place in 200-meters as a junior and finished third in the hurdles as senior at state meet…A leader in the Omega Psi Phi fraternity…Since joining the New Orleans Saints organization, Jenkins has made a positive impact not only on the football field, but also as an agent of change in the Greater New Orleans community. Recognizing the many challenges confronting youth today, in 2010 Jenkins launched the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in underserved communities; by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of the community. The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation offers programs to enhance life performance through academics and athletics. It’s signature program entitled Project REWARDS, offers Life Skills, Mentoring and Scholarships to 200 youth grades 9-12 in an after-school setting in partnership with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans College Track program. Most students are and will be the first in their families to attend college…Active in community outreach in New Orleans working to discourage and prevent violence…After being named to 2011 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, donated a $1,500 equipment grant to his high school…In October, 2012, was awarded by the Ohio State Alumni Association the 2012 Jesse Owens Influential Athlete Award, given to an African American alumnus and former student-athlete who exemplifies great character and talent, demonstrates exceptional professional success and continues to reflect the highest qualities of a consummate athlete and humanitarian…Was the 2013 winner of the John Wooten Professional Leadership Award, recognizing a lifetime commitment to service and unparalleled leadership on and off the field.
New Orleans Saints S Malcolm Jenkins speaks with reporters after the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, December 2, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins talks with reporters after practice on Friday, November 29, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins talks with reporters on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Sants safety Malcolm Jenkins leads the pregame chant against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 22, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)