Tonight on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access,” Janoris Jenkins will give his impression thus far on the St. Louis Rams, their “new toys,” and one rookie player, Tavon Austin.
Coming out of college, Jenkins was considered by most to be a “Top 10” prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft class. However, a handful of marijuana charges and the dismissal from the University of Florida football program sent the young corner dropping down the draft board… right into the waiting hands of the Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams. Jenkins struggled at times last season in coverage, especially in a three-game stretch right before the Bye Week, with games against top-tier signal callers like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. In Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, Jenkins was a surprise, last-minute scratch from the active roster. Jenkins, along with fellow rookie Chris Givens, had both apparently missed curfew and that did not fly with the head coach. However, after the benching, Jenkins lit up the league, scoring 3 defensive touchdowns and no allowing a single receiving touchdown in coverage the rest of the season.
When it comes to issues of red-flags and possible distractions, Janoris Jenkins, now entering his second season, might be the wise man on the mountain-top. While much of his interview with NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano will focus on the St. Louis Rams performance on the football field, Jenkins did drop some words of wisdom for the newest Rams’ star…
"“He’s pretty fast, he’s a dynamic receiver. Great speed, great hands, great quickness. I think he can be very special. He’s just got to work, stay focused and, like I said, just put himself around positive people. But as far as talent-wise he has it all.” – Janoris Jenkins on Tavon Austin (via NFL.com)"
If any player on the Rams embodies that philosophy, it is Janoris Jenkins. Going from undraftable in the eyes of some GMs to performing as one of the top defensive backs in the NFL in the second half of the season, the St. Louis’ sophomore has shown that if you can keep your “eyes on the prize” and follow the leadership and guidance from more experienced players and coaches, you can certainly excel in this league.
Again, you can catch the full interview with Janoris Jenkins tonight on the NFL Network, airing at 7:00 P.M. ET. You won’t want to miss it!