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May 04, 2012

Rob Ryan: Mike Jenkins a "super talented player"

When the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and then drafted Morris Claiborne, it seemed to signal the beginning of the end of Mike Jenkins' career in Dallas. Even if Jenkins is on the roster for the season opener, the 25th overall pick in 2008 is in the last year of his rookie contract. He will be a free agent at season's end.

Jenkins, 27, had surgery on his right shoulder in January soon after the season ended. Jenkins was targeted 55 times, allowing 29 catches for 394 yards and four touchdowns last season, according to STATS, Inc.

"Mike Jenkins gave me everything he can," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "He had a blown shoulder. He had everything going on. He played his heart out. But half the games he wasn’t there, which is unfortunate, because he’s a super talented guy. I think we were banged up there at that position. We had every kid on our roster playing corner for us. We’ve got an obviously two fantastic players to help us, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do."

New defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson has talked to Jenkins since the Cowboys traded up from 14 to sixth overall to nab Claiborne, the top-rated defensive player in the draft.

"I'll keep that conversation between Mike and I," Henderson said. "It was a personal conversation, and it was me speaking to him as both a coach and also as just a guy who also played in the league and has been through some things. I spoke to him both as his coach and as a guy who's been through some things, and we had a real good conversation."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFL_Charean

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@ Lenny

I am sure Mo is better than any GARBAGE Longhorn that has come out in two decades.

Longhorns = LOSERS!

While depending on MJ as a starting corner makes one nervous, having him as a backup for inevitable injures makes me very happy. I hope they can convince him to stay and accept that role. With all the offensive sets these days he will be playing a lot more than he realizes.

This guy is fragile. Soft. Never mind the games he missed. Just go back through the games he played in and check out how many times he had to miss a few plays or a complete series because he was "shaken up". By the way, he is far from a shut down CB, too. He is middle of the pack at best and that might be a little too optimistic. Just another guy who makes a routine play and struts around out there as if he made a play that Mel Blount would have difficulty making.

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