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September 25, 2011

Despite injury, Jenkins has been 'playing outstanding defense,' Ryan says

For being slowed much of training camp with a shoulder stinger, cornerback Mike Jenkins has been a strong player in the Cowboys’ first two games, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said.

“The kid’s been playing great,” Ryan said. “He gives us everything we’ve asked for and more. He’s tackled well. Really well. That tackle he had on Burris was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. He competes. He mis-timed the jump on the throw in the end zone, but other than that, he’s been playing outstanding defense for us.”

Jenkins gave up a touchdown pass to Kyle Williams in the San Francisco game. He’s made four tackles and has two pass breakups.

Ryan said the defense is tackling well, in general.

“Our guys are excellent players, so we can tackle,” Ryan said. “Bad tackling usually means you don’t have good athletes. We’ve got good athletes. We can tackle. It’s a point of emphasis, and our players do a good job of that.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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