How will we use Mike Jenkins once he returns?

Hey guys,

I've been a long time reader, and an occasional commenter here, but this is my first FanPost. Here we go.

I know this whole Mike Jenkins situation has been ran into the ground, and I've been a staunch supporter of the team keeping him, but things have changed since his initial grumblings back in the spring.

My main question is: what do we do with Mike Jenkins once he's healthy?

If we want to hold onto Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Jenkins, AND Orlando Scandrick, something is probably going to have to give.

As we all know, Scandrick is almost exclusively a slot corner. The issue is that we have three starting caliber "outside" corners in Carr, Claiborne, and Jenkins. Now naturally that depth is a "good problem" to have, but does this mean we start Jenkins over Mo and potentially halter Mo's development? I mean how many times do we really have four CBs on the field?

The way I see it, there are three scenarios that can happen:

1) Carr and Mo start on the outside, Scandrick mans the slot, and Jenkins rides the bench, spelling the starters if they need a break, or filling in if someone (God forbid) gets injured. I see this situation possibly ending with Jenkins becoming a huge distraction.

2) Start Carr and Jenkins, Scandrick mans the slot, and Mo rides the bench, spelling starters, etc. This isn't necessarily bad, but I thought he has proven himself in the pre-season (I know, I know) and handled his job well against one of the best passing attacks in the league on Wednesday (not to mention it being his first game, so he should realistically get better from here, right?) I kind of like the idea of throwing Mo into it and letting him progress quicker, rather than making him sit and watch. We moved up to get him for a reason. He's the kind of rookie that is ready to play now and is capable. You don't move up for a guy to sit on the bench.

3) Start Carr and make Jenkins or Mo shift to the slot while the other one starts, rendering Scandrick almost obsolete (especially with Mario Butler). I think this is a mistake and would result in the trade of Scandrick or Jenks. We pay them both too much to have them riding the bench, especially when we have other areas of need on the time (O-line I'm lookin' at you).

Ultimately, I'm thinking it's looking more promising to try and get some value out of Jenkins now if we it a draft pick or some depth at the O-Line. Then again, if we get multiple CB injuries we would need him, but that's the lottery of football.

Sorry for the ramblings, I'm just really interested to know what folks here think about this situation. Thanks for humoring me.

P.S. - I'm still grinning from Wednesday's win!

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