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December 18, 2012

Jenkins' inexperience in the slot is showing, but Garrett says veteran corner is doing a good job

Inexperience got the best of Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins on a few plays as he played the slot cornerback position against the Steelers, but overall, he did a good job, coach Jason Garrett said.

“They made a couple of plays on third down, or down in the red zone, where it’s almost as much as anything else him having experience seeing some of those combinations,” Garrett said. “But he’s competing hard. He’s playing the right way.”

Jenkins had to handle Antonio Brown in the slot most of the game, and Brown made plays, including a 7-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter that put the Steelers ahead 24-17.

“When you play inside, things happen on both sides of you,” Garrett said. “When you play outside, typically the quarterback is inside and there’s a different perspective on it. Like the positions in baseball, you see the game differently at third base as opposed to second base. I think that’s what he’s going through right now – just experience and how to pounce on the coverage opportunities that he has.”

Jenkins finished with four tackles.

-- Carlos Mendez

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