Jenkins wins NFC Defensive Player of Week

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
1:56
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The NFC South had a pretty good day Wednesday as the league announced its players of the week. New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Jenkins, a second-year pro in his first season as a safety, made a huge play in a Thanksgiving victory over Dallas. With just over three minutes remaining and the Saints trailing, Jenkins knocked the ball loose from Dallas receiver Roy E. Williams after a catch. Jenkins also recovered the fumble.

That allowed Drew Brees and the offense back on the field. The Saints marched for a game-winning touchdown. This is the first player of the week award of Jenkins' career.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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