Looking For A ReboundApril 25th, 2014
Joe knows when the Bucs signed Mike Jenkins it ended a years-long crusade of many Bucs fans to have the Pewter Pirates obtain his rights.
Joe never understood why. The guy had a chequered career with the Cowboys, probably more bad than good, though Jenkins’ good was pretty good, albeit brief.
In 2009, Jenkins made the Pro Bowl. But his success did not last. The Cowboys and Jenkins parted ways last year, a season after the Cowboys drafted a cornerback in the first round and signed a big-name, high-priced free agent cornerback that signaled Jenkins’ days in Dallas were numbered.
After 2013 in Oakland, Jenkins, a South Florida product, returns to Tampa Bay, now wearing the Bucs’ red as opposed to the Bulls’ green. He’s hoping he has a renaissance playing for Lovie Smith.
“Definitely want to get back to that [Pro Bowl season],” Jenkins said. “It is a great opportunity to get there with this scheme. The [starting secondary is] wide open but everybody is playing football right now.
“There are a lot of great guys out here. It will bring everybody to another level. One of the best secondaries I have ever played in. Just looking at OTAs, the athletism [is impressive]. I am excited to get in.”
Joe was not thrilled with the Jenkins signing because his bad plays were woeful beyond words. Almost shameful.
But Jenkins is a Buccaneer, so Joe now hopes Lovie, a former secondary coach himself, can work his magic and turn Jenkins’ talents around.
Joe has the feeling if all goes well, this secondary could be something special, especially if the pass rush is resurrected. If nothing else, the Bucs secondary should be deep.