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September 29, 2009

Jenkins impresses, could be closing in as full-time starter

Cornerback Mike Jenkins had a solid game Monday night and it will force the coaching staff to re-think the rotating starts strategy employed the first three games with fellow second-year corner Orlando Scandrick.

It's Scandrick's turn to start in Denver, but hold the phone.

"I thought Jenkins had a good game. That's to be determined tomorrow really," coach Wade Phillips said of evaluating the rotation system. "We're going to discuss it."

Jenkins picked off a Jake Delhomme deep ball Monday night for the team's first interception of the season.

"He played real well. He did miss a tackle, but he did make a lot of tackles," Phillips said. 'Of course, he made our first interception, which everyone was relieved."

A factor to be considered, Phillips said, is that Scandrick plays on the corner in regular packages and moves to the slot in the sub-packages used on passing downs. Jenkins plays corner full time. Phillips said it's been more difficult than expected for Scandrick to make the switch in mid-stream. 

Jeff Caplan

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