DETROIT, Mich. (FootballStL) -- He was billed as a playmaker coming out of college. He had all the physical qualities and talents to be a star in the NFL. The only thing missing was the maturity to let it happen.
It's way too early to start commenting on whether or not Janoris Jenkins has turned the corner as a human being and won't get into any trouble outside of football...but one thing is clear. This kid can flat out play.
With the Lions marching down the field, with ease, on the first drive of the game Janoris Jenkins came through with a clutch play. He intercepted Matthew Stafford deep in Rams territory on a pass intended for tight end Tony Scheffler and averted a potential Lions early strike.
"It's a great thing." Cortland Finnegan said afterwards. "The fact he's making plays early, he's a playmaker. That's why we have him."
Jenkins says his strategy on the first interception of his young career was all based on size.
"I'm thinking in my head 'I'm 5'11", he's 6'5"' the whole while I'm thinking back shoulder because I'm the smaller defender."
Regardless of the fact the Rams lost, they know they've got a pair of corners who can take on some of the best wideouts in the league. I was thinking today while the game was going on if there's a group of wideouts that can rival what Detroit throws at you. And I am not sure there is. Calvin Johnson, Titus Young and Nate Burleson are as good as anyone. Maybe Green Bay's Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb can potentially be in that conversation. Maybe.
The fact is, against some of the best receivers in this league, the Rams did a fine job against a very talented bunch. We all knew what Cortland Finnegan was capable of. We all knew the talent Janoris Jenkins had. We just didn't know how soon he'd be able to put that talent to use on the field in a productive manner.
It took a little over 7 minutes for us to find out.
That's pretty impressive.