Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he’s going to try Mike Jenkins in the slot.
“He’s got a whole new world to learn there,” Ryan said after an OTA session Wednesday at Valley Ranch. “We’re going to move him in there to compete. He’s going to be all over the place like all these other defensive backs.”
Jenkins, who did not make any of the OTA practices, is expected to be at the Cowboys’ mandatory mini-camp next week. The team will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, their last action before training camp.
Ryan said Jenkins, an outside corner, will have no trouble working inside.
“Mike is a very talented kid, a smart kid,” Ryan said. “He has the talent and the ability to do it.”
Ryan did not indicate if it is a temporary move or a long-term plan, but the Cowboys are trying to figure out a way to use their four cornerbacks, Jenkins, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick.
Ryan said all four will be able to play different spots under secondary coach Jerome Henderson.
“Jerome trains them that way, so they can move all over the place,” Ryan said. “A comfort level we never had last year.”
-- Carlos Mendez