Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre said he doesn't really know if it's an advantage or not that he won't be facing old friend and rival Darren Sharper in the back of the New Orleans Saints' secondary.
Sharper, who will start the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, is a well-known gambler, not unlike Favre himself. And Favre said he would often go into games against Sharper and try to use his aggression against him.
And from what Favre has seen on film in the preseason, he's noticed the Saints using Jenkins as a deep center fielder who plays more of a bend-but-don't break style.
Jenkins said playing back as a deep safety allows him time to scan the field and watch plays develop, while it also allows the Saints' cornerbacks to be aggressive knowing they have a literal safety net behind them.
Jenkins, who started six games as an injury replacement at cornerback last year before switching positions in the offseason, has started all four preseason games at free safety. He said he has been growing more comfortable in the role throughout the summer, though he's still working on improving his vision in certain situations.
"It's a bigger challenge but at the same time it's a bigger opportunity," Jenkins said of his more prominent role on the Saints' defense heading into this year's season opener. "It's a big stage, but that's when good players play their best. I'm confident, and I'm confident in our preparation and how coaches have gotten us ready."