Jenkins credits Finnegan for rookie season success

Jenkins credits Finnegan for rookie season success

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Jenkins credits Finnegan for rookie season success

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by Scott Bierman / FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 4:02 PM

ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- The Rams selection of Janoris Jenkins in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft has turned out to be a solid pick for a team that has struggled at the cornerback position in recent years.

It has been well-documented that Jenkins had multiple run-ins with the law and the Florida Gators coaching staff before transferring to play football at North Alabama last year.  He was also benched a game for violating team rules just a few weeks ago. 

He isn’t the typical character any NFL team searches for when picking a player, but the soft-spoken cornerback has quietly built a solid rookie season.

Jenkins is coming off the best game of his young NFL career after returning two interceptions for touchdowns in a 31-17 win against the Cardinals last Sunday.  It was his first interceptions since the season-opener at Detroit.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but there isn’t much more you can ask for from a rookie cornerback who has started every game he has played in this season. 

Jenkins has given fellow cornerback Cortland Finnegan praise for taken him in and showing him the ropes of the NFL.

“I’m seeing things clearer now, thanks to Cortland,” Jenkins said.  “In practice, he is on me.  In the game, he is always on me.  No matter what it is, he is always on me making sure that I am always ready and more prepared, and I just thank him for that.”

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