Former Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins was praised by Saints coach Sean Payton Wednesday for his transition to free safety. But Jenkins was forced to return to his old position when Saints starting cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter were inactive Sunday due to injuries.
In his second season, Jenkins finished with nine tackles, but was also whistled for a 38-yard pass interference penalty on Joshua Cribbs in Cleveland's 56-yard first quarter touchdown drive.
''It was a little tough,'' Jenkins said. ''I hadn't played corner on the outside since midseason last year. I played a lot of nickel last year. I think I did a good job of what they asked me to do. With a couple guys banged up, we are going to have to make it through a few games with guys in uncomfortable positions.''