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June 12, 2012

New secondary coach not worried about Mike Jenkins' professionalism, says everything will fall into place

New secondary coach Jerome Henderson has an extra challenge in getting to know cornerback Mike Jenkins, who got to Valley Ranch for the first time this offseason for this week’s minicamp.

But Henderson said he already knows Jenkins is a professional.

“I think he’ll handle himself in a professional way,” Henderson said. “You know, the stuff up until now hasn’t been mandatory, so he hasn’t been here. Now it is. He’s here. Being the pro we expect him to be.”

Jenkins didn’t practice because he is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said last week that the Cowboys want to see how Jenkins plays as a slot cornerback.

But first things first. Henderson, like everyone else, wants to see Jenkins at full health first.

“For him, it’s just getting back and moving around and getting healthy. If he can do that first, all of the other stuff will take care of itself,” Henderson said. “We all know what a good player he is. We just want him to get healthy, be ready to go, have the right mindset, and I think the other stuff will fall into place.”

Jenkins declined to talk to reporters Tuesday.

Henderson was asked if he’s worried about having an unhappy player on his hands.

“Well, as a DB coach, you’re always worried,” he said. “I don’t know if you ever, as a DB coach, feel real comfortable. But I’m not worried about him and his attitude at all.”

And what did Henderson tell Jenkins?

“I just dapped him, said, ‘What’s up, glad to have you back, and let’s go to work.’ ”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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