The Tennessee Titans opt to go with some veteran experience in the secondary, signing former New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins just a couple of hours after releasing defensive back Adoree Jackson.
Titans signing former Saints’ CB Janoris Jenkins, per his agent @Neilsschwartz.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
EXPERIENCE AND CONSISTENCY
Jenkins, nicknamed “Jackrabbit,” comes in at 32 years old and has nine seasons of experience. He’s recorded 26 interceptions and 118 pass breakups in his long career.
Jenkins’ most recent stop was with the Saints. He was apart of a defense ranked fourth in the NFL overall in 2020, fifth in pass defense.
If you look past his age, you will appreciate Jenkins’ consistency and solid play at the cornerback position.
Jenkins has at least 14 pass break-ups in every season but two (2014 and 2020). He has eight interceptions in the last two seasons and has at least two takeaways in each season since 2014.
He will come in and provide some stability to a Tennessee Titans secondary experiencing an overhaul.
He’s 32, but… he’s a true man corner which makes him a great scheme fit for the #Titans and he’s still pretty disruptive. Three picks and 12 PBUs last year while allowing a passer rating of just 79 in passes into his coverage per @PFF (14th best out of 78 qualifying CBs). https://t.co/QbmCkC0oc5
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) March 16, 2021
THE RECONSTRUCTION CONTINUES
This move undoubtedly improves the group of defensive backs, which, before this move, were Kareem Orr, Chris Jackson, Kristian Fulton, and Breon Borders.
However, this move doesn’t seem like it’s THE answer after releasing Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler.
The Tennessee Titans could go for younger defensive backs, someone like William Jackson III, who for now is still available on the market. But there have been no legitimate connections between the two parties.
Jenkins certainly helps in the reconstruction, but I doubt Jon Robinson stops there.
The reconstruction of a defense that was among the worst in the NFL in 2020 has to continue. We will see if Robinson has a few more moves up his sleeve as free agency continues.
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