Malcolm Jenkins on a roll

December, 15, 2010
12/15/10
5:24
PM ET
We’ve had some other more-pressing things going on around NFC Southland. But the league sent out the official news about this a few hours ago and I don’t want to sell New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins short.

The NFL named him the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week earlier today and it was well deserved and speaks volumes about how well Jenkins played in Sunday’s victory against St. Louis. Let me fill you in on how these awards work behind the scenes. The league does a very nice job selecting the winners, but there is some diplomacy involved.

The individual media relations departments for the teams often will try to twist an arm or two for their guys and the league is very conscious about spreading the wealth. In other words, if a player wins a weekly award once, he usually isn’t going to win it again for quite some time. If a team has been dominating the awards, the league usually will try to balance things out and reward other teams.

But Jenkins’ play was so dominant that there was no place for diplomacy or politics. Even though he won the same award in Week 12 for his play against Dallas, the league gave the award to Jenkins again in Week 14.

Understandable because Jenkins had one interception that he returned 96 yards for a touchdown. With the Rams driving in the fourth quarter, Jenkins picked off another pass to help seal the victory. He also contributed four tackles and had three passes defensed.

Hey, that brings up a thought about our earlier item about Pro Bowl voting. I’m not telling you what to do, but I think Jenkins’ play has spoken volumes about him as a Pro Bowl candidate.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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