Sharper finds himself in a great position battle
As Darrem Sharper continues to work his way back from a knee injury that required offseason microfracture surgery, he could watch his starting job drift away.
Malcolm Jenkins, the club’s first-round draft pick a year ago, has been at free safety for the entire offseason and now Gregg Williams uttered the words that might be hard for Sharper to hear: “He’s special.”
According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have a good ol’ fashioned position battle in the makings here. Sharper, of course, was named an All Pro last season and tied for the league lead with nine interceptions. He’s the crafty veteran the Saints wanted back. Now, he’s going to have to fight for his job.
"I'm feeling more comfortable every day," said Jenkins, who was drafted out of Ohio State as a cornerback.
The Saints don’t need him at cornerback anymore, not after they spent their first-round pick this year on Patrick Robinson. They have depth now and it’s going to pay off.
“Entitlement is not a part of the National Football League," Williams said. "You have to re-prove yourself every year in this league. And the best thing for Darren Sharper's rehab is to see Malcolm Jenkins play so well every day."
It ought to be fun to watch this scenario play out because you know Sharper didn’t re-sign with the Saints to be a reserve.
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