NFC South High Energy Player of the Week

December, 14, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 14.

[+] EnlargeMalcolm Jenkins
Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireMalcolm Jenkins' interception return for a touchdown changed the momentum of Sunday's game.
I just sent a personal thank-you note to New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins for making this award easier to decide than any other week this season.

All the second-year pro did in Sunday's 31-13 victory against St. Louis was continue to show why he's one of the league's emerging stars and show New Orleans fans that the Saints really did know what they were doing in the offseason when they decided to move Jenkins from cornerback to safety to take over for the aging Darren Sharper.

I don't want to say I told you so, but I suggested, much to the chagrin of some New Orleans fans, several times in the offseason that the Saints simply were creating a younger version of Sharper. Turns out that's precisely what they've done.

Against the Rams, Jenkins picked off a Sam Bradford pass and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. He also picked off Bradford in the fourth quarter.

After the game, coach Sean Payton quipped that the ball has a way of finding Jenkins. There's some truth to that. But the reality is Jenkins has a knack for finding the ball, and the world is just starting to realize how good he is.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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