Stat Line of the Night – 11/25/2012 – Janoris Jenkins
Heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, pretty much everyone agreed that cornerback Janoris Jenkins had first-round talent. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone was also a little worried about the kinds of things the kid liked to do in his free time off the gridiron.
You see, Jenkins was a starter for the Florida Gators from 2009 to 2010 and was First-Team All-SEC in 2010. However, he kept getting into bar fights…and getting busted for weed…and getting women pregnant. (He’s acknowledged 4 kids by 3 women thus far.) So finally the Gators cut him in 2011, and he finished his college career at North Alabama.
These “character issues” made him available to the Jeff Fisher and the Rams with their 39th overall pick, and they rolled the dice.
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing so far. Just two weeks ago Jenkins and fellow rookie Chris Givens were benched against San Francisco for a game for an unspecified violation of team rules. But this week Jenkins showed everyone why the Rams drafted him by recording two interceptions against the Arizona Cardinals and returning both for touchdowns—one 36 yards, one 39 yards.
It was the first time an NFL rookie had done that since 1960, and it made all the difference for the Rams. They beat the Cardinals 31-17 (i.e., by two touchdowns) and ended a 5-game winless streak in which they had not forced a turnover by their opponents. That’s more than enough to earn Jenkins the “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, November 15, 2012.