Cornerback Janoris Jenkins ready to improve on impressive rookie year
St. Louis Rams quarterbacks (R to L) Timothy Jenkins, Kellen Clemens and Austin Davis runs through a drill during training camp at the team practice facility in Earth City , Missouri on August 1, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
By Dan Mueller
By KMOV Web Producer
(FootballStL) -- Coming into the NFL, there was never a question about Janoris Jenkins’ football skills. He was one of the best cornerbacks in college at Florida (and later at North Alabama). But off the field issues dropped him all the way out of the first round and right into the Rams’ lap in the second.
He responded with a team high four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns. So how much better can he get in year number two?
“There’s always room for improvement...with fundamentals and techniques,” Jenkins said. “Last year I was playing more with reacting to what I saw but this year I’m focusing more on fundamentals and techniques. I’m learning the route concepts. Different receivers like to do different things. Sticking with guys like Cortland (Finnegan) and trying to pick his ear and just trying to be the best player that I can be.”
While Jenkins put up some impressive statistics in the interception and touchdown category, he was also burned a lot later on in the season deep down the field. Consistency is going to be a big part of his development into what the Rams hope is a long term answer at that position.
Once again the 24-year old will be paired with veteran Cortland Finnegan in the starting lineup and fellow youngster Trumaine Johnson working as the third corner. But in 2013 they’ll have to break in a new 4th corner in fifth round draft pick Brandon McGee. The rookie from Miami (FL) has had an impressive training camp and preseason and figures to be an integral part of the defense.
But for Jenkins, he’s ready for Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals come September 8th. He says he’s put in all the work that he needs for his sophomore season.
“Preseason is about working on fundamentals and techniques at the line of scrimmage. When the season comes you just put it all together and just go out there and ball.”