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Cowboys' Jenkins turning the corner

Updated: October 29, 2009, 12:03 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Mike Jenkins was miserable last year.

The Dallas Cowboys cornerback wanted a trade because he was frustrated with his role as a backup.

But Jenkins decided to remain patient and wait his turn. Monday night against Carolina, he makes his second start of the season, and the fifth of his career.

"You got to relax," Jenkins said. "When I first got here, I knew I had a role to play, and I had to put that in my head. This year, I have another role to play because ...

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