Malcolm Jenkins

Malcolm Jenkins

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Jenkins with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014
No. 27Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-20) December 20, 1987
Place of birth: East Orange, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Piscataway (NJ)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2016
Total tackles: 593
Sacks: 5.5
Passes defended: 69
Interceptions: 12
Forced fumbles: 11
Defensive touchdowns: 6
Player stats at

Malcolm Jenkins (born December 20, 1987) is an American football safety for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football as a cornerback for Ohio State University, earning consensus All-American honors, and winning the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Early years

Jenkins played high school football at Piscataway Township High School in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, where he helped lead his team to three consecutive state championships. He played both wide receiver and defensive back. He also excelled at track, winning the state title in the 400 meters as a junior.[1]

Considered a three-star recruit by, Jenkins was listed as No. 61 cornerback prospect in the nation in 2005.[2]

College career

During his freshman season at Ohio State Jenkins spent most of his time in the nickelback position. He finished the season with 37 tackles in 10 games. In 2006 he started all 13 games at corner and was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten. He finished '06 with 55 tackles and four interceptions. As a junior in 2007 Jenkins recorded 47 tackles and four interceptions and was named a first team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and a first team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year. As a senior in 2008 he won the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's best defensive back, after recording 57 tackles and three interceptions.[3]

Jenkins is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He was vice president, stepmaster,[4] and chaplain of the Ohio State chapter; he has a prominent fraternity brand on his upper left arm,[5] and another one on his chest.[6]

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Jenkins was considered one of the top-2 defensive backs available in the draft (alongside Vontae Davis),[7] and drew comparisons to Terence Newman.[8] However, after Jenkins ran a comparably slow 40 yard dash, some scouts considered him better suited for the safety position.[9] He was drafted by the Saints, 14th overall.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 0 in 204 lb 4.53 s 1.47 s 2.62 s 4.07 s 6.59 s 33 in 10 ft 4 in 15 reps23
All values from NFL Combine

New Orleans Saints

Jenkins with the New Orleans Saints in 2012

Jenkins was the first cornerback to be taken by the Saints in the first round since Oregon's Alex Molden went at No. 11 in the 1996 NFL Draft.[10] On August 9, 2009, the Saints agreed to terms with Jenkins on a five-year, $19 million contract.[11]

Jenkins started his first career game due to injuries to Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter during week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished the game recording seven tackles and his first career interception off of Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman.

In Jenkins rookie season, the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV after they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. Jenkins finished the game with five tackles.

Jenkins was moved to free safety for the 2010 season, originally with the intent of backing up starting free safety Darren Sharper; he became a starter after Sharper was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform ("PUP") list to start the season, and continued to receive substantial playing time even after Sharper returned from his injury.

In the fourth quarter of a 2010 Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys, Jenkins came from behind to strip the ball from Cowboys receiver Roy Williams. The Saints were losing at that point of the game, but came back to win the game, 30-27. Saints coach Sean Payton said Jenkins performed "one of those plays that inspires everybody on the team".[12] Jenkins was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.[13] Two weeks later, Jenkins intercepted two passes from St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, returning one of them 96 yards for his first NFL touchdown. Jenkins was again named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[14]

Philadelphia Eagles

Jenkins signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 11, 2014.[15] Jenkins finished the 2014 season with 80 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 15 passes defended, and a career high 3 interceptions, which included a 53 yard pick six.

Jenkins tacking Jarvis Landry in the 2016 Pro Bowl

On December 6, 2015 in a game against the New England Patriots, Jenkins caught an interception from Tom Brady on the goal line and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown that helped the Eagles upset the Patriots 35-28. For his performance, Jenkins was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13 of the 2015 season.[16] In a defense that started to lose its spark a week after the midway point of the season, Jenkins emerged as the team's leading tackler with 109, and he also recorded 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery for 34 yards. For his 2015 season, Jenkins was rated as the best strong safety in the NFL by Pro Football Focus,[17] and he was added to the Pro Bowl roster after starting as a 7th alternate.

On February 22, 2016, Jenkins signed a 5-year, $40.5 million contract extension with the Eagles.[18]

Personal life

Jenkins started his own charity called The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.[19] According to their website The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation "is committed to youth development initiatives and programs which emphasize mentorship, character development, leadership, education, life skills, health and recreation."[20]

Career Statistics

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Solo Ast Sack Safety PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR Yds TD
2009 NO 14 6 55 49 6 0.0 0 4 1 14 14 14 0 2 1 0 0
2010 NO 15 15 64 54 10 1.0 0 12 2 105 52.5 96T 1 1 2 0 0
2011 NO 15 15 77 63 14 1.0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 30 0
2012 NO 13 13 94 65 29 0.0 0 7 1 55 55 55T 1 0 0 0 0
2013 NO 14 14 68 44 24 2.5 0 6 2 35 17.5 31 0 2 0 0 0
2014 PHI 16 16 80 64 16 0.0 0 15 3 67 22.3 53T 1 2 1 0 0
2015 PHI 16 16 109 90 19 0.0 0 10 2 99 49.5 99T 1 3 1 34 0
Total 103 95 547 429 118 4.5 0 63 11 375 34.1 99T 4 11 6 64 0


  1. Malcolm
  2. Cornerbacks 2005
  3. Jenkins named top defensive back
  4. Dave Campbell, "OSU's Jenkins knows steps to success",, October 24, 2008.
  5. Ken Gordon, "Meet a Buckeye: CB Malcolm Jenkins", Columbus Dispatch, September 13, 2008.
  6. Malcolm Jenkins, "Player draft diary: Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins", Sporting News, March 5, 2009.
  7. "Vontae Davis, Malcolm Jenkins are top DB prospects for NFL Draft", Sports Illustrated, February 19, 2009, retrieved May 12, 2010
  8. - Pro Football War Room
  9. Carucci, Vic, Jenkins-to-safety talk heats up after cold times in 40-yard dash
  10. Allee-Walsh, Brian (April 25, 2009), "New Orleans Saints snatch gifted cornerback Malcolm Jenkins in first round of NFL draft", The Times-Picayune
  11. Allee-Walsh, Brian (August 9, 2009), "First-round pick Malcolm Jenkins agrees to terms with New Orleans Saints", The Times-Picayune
  12. "Bad play turns good for Saints in win over Cowboys". Associated Press. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  13. Triplett, Mike (December 1, 2010). "New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  14. Allee-Walsh, Brian (December 14, 2010). "Jenkins earns 2nd NFC weekly defensive honor of season". Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  15. The Newest Eagle: S Malcolm Jenkins
  17. Elsayed, Khalid (January 6, 2015). "2015 PFF All-Pro Team". Pro Football Focus. Retrieved 2015-01-09.
  18. Wesseling, Chris (February 22, 2016). "Eagles sign Malcolm Jenkins to five-year contract". Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  19. "The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation".
  20. "The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation". Retrieved 19 February 2016.

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