Mike Jenkins: 'I'm just a DB right now'

September, 20, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- The 2012 debut of cornerback Mike Jenkins went without any physical issues, which is a good thing considering his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Jenkins played safety and a little corner in the Week 2 loss at Seattle. So, moving forward, do the Cowboys play Jenkins more in the slot or outside?

With injuries to safeties Barry Church and Gerald Sensabaugh, should Jenkins see time there? Church (quad) practiced without issue on Wednesday but Sensabaugh (calf) didn't.

"I'm just a DB right now," Jenkins said. "I'm just a DB. Whatever it is, seriously, I've played it all before."

In 2011, injuries prompted the Cowboys to play five cornerbacks. But after two weeks, that's not the case this season. Jenkins is probably a better outside corner than the slot because he's never played that spot until this season.

It appears the Cowboys are slowly moving Jenkins into the mix at cornerback because they know one injury is all it takes for things to go haywire at that position.

"All base stuff right now," Jenkins said regarding if he's on sub packages. "It felt good to get out there and get a little contact and test the shoulder out. It's good."

Jenkins played on special teams at Seattle, and that role could continue this Sunday when Tampa Bay visits Cowboys Stadium. Jenkins said he's gotten snaps on special teams in the past and is open to more opportunities.

"I've played it before," Jenkins said of special teams. "It's the same thing I'm doing, just guarding people outside. If Joe (DeCamillis) wants me to do something else, I'm for it."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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