Saints' Jenkins pushing for time at safety

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

METAIRIE, LA (AP) - Darren Sharper was an All-Pro last season, set an NFL record with 371 return yards off interceptions and was some voters' pick for defensive player of the year.

He might not even get his job back when he returns from offseason surgery on his left knee.

The New Orleans Saints free safety is on the physically unable to perform list and could miss two weeks before being activated, and second-year pro Malcolm Jenkins is making his move.

"One of the things that motivates Darren Sharper to work real hard in rehab right now is how well Malcolm Jenkins is doing," New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said Saturday.

"That's just a fact. He sees it. I see it."

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