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Malcolm Jenkins: I won’t react to the draft like Reggie Bush did

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Two years ago, when the Saints spent their first-round pick on running back Mark Ingram, Reggie Bush saw the writing on the wall and tweeted, “It’s been fun, New Orleans.” Sure enough, Bush was traded to Miami before training camp.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says Bush created an uncomfortable workplace with the way he reacted to the Ingram pick.

It makes it an awkward situation in the locker room,” Jenkins told the Advocate.

As a result, Jenkins has vowed not to react the same way as Bush did, now that the Saints have used this year’s first-round pick on another safety, Kenny Vaccaro. Jenkins has already tweeted a welcoming message to Vaccaro, and he says he’ll handle himself differently than Bush did in 2011.

“If you kind of look back at history, you see when we drafted Mark Ingram, how Reggie handled it . . . it was kind of the opposite,” Jenkins said.

In fairness to Bush, the situations aren’t exactly the same — Jenkins is likely to remain in New Orleans, while Bush knew he was likely on the way out. But Jenkins is handling the arrival of Vaccaro the right way.

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38 Responses to “Malcolm Jenkins: I won’t react to the draft like Reggie Bush did”
  1. mdev1987 says: May 6, 2013 7:01 AM

    Their pass defense allowed them to pick in the middle rounds. If I was Jenkins I’d be happy that he’d get some help

  2. goraidersgospurs says: May 6, 2013 7:04 AM

    Plus you have that 5 year $19 million contract Malcolm, in the words of LiL wayne you aint got no worries! !!

  3. thetroofishere says: May 6, 2013 7:05 AM

    Looking back on the trade, N.O. should have kept Reggie Bush.

  4. faulkn22 says: May 6, 2013 7:09 AM

    There are two starting safeties. Not really the same situation. Its easy to be the better man when you know the situation will not affect you.

  5. watermelon1 says: May 6, 2013 7:13 AM

    The fact that he’s mentioning Reggie Bush’s name in this situation, and trying to say “look at me, I’m not doing it that way” is actually showing he’s NOT handling it the right way at all.

  6. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 6, 2013 7:17 AM

    It doesn’t matter. Michael Vick will be 2013 NFL MVP and will be Super Bowl 48 MVP.

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 48. Bet on it.

  7. droyer85 says: May 6, 2013 7:18 AM

    Exactly, Jenkins isn’t going anywhere, if anyone should be worried for staying on the team after this season, it’s Roman Harper.

  8. sirsupersouthern says: May 6, 2013 7:20 AM

    The Saints blew it with the Ingram pick. Even if you think Ingram is a good player and worth a first round pick, he’s not worth it in the system NO runs and they should’ve know better. No RB is worth a first round pick in that system, except maybe Sproles but they already had him…

  9. leksington says: May 6, 2013 7:29 AM

    Throwing a former teammate under the bus is “handling [it] the right way”?

  10. robf2010 says: May 6, 2013 7:34 AM

    The situations aren’t remotely the same. Reggie Bush was due to earn $12 million in the last year of his rookie deal. He had to take a substantial pay cut or be traded. I don’t know what Jenkins is due this season but it’s nowhere near that. Besides, I don’t think anyone knows who Vaccaro is going to replace, Jenkins or Roman Harper. I could see Jenkins sliding over to strong safety and replacing Harper. He’s younger, cheaper, and a better athlete than Harper.

  11. lionscometola says: May 6, 2013 7:39 AM

    Comparing apples to oranges. The saints had a crowded back field with the addition of Ingram and they would of all been splitting time over ONE position. The safety group that the saints have now is not stacked at all and there are TWO positions available (FS and SS). Sounds like Jenkins has been drinkin some Haterade for reggie smashin on Kim k

  12. slayisland says: May 6, 2013 7:46 AM

    Ha nice way to contradict your self dumb ass

  13. tv426 says: May 6, 2013 7:57 AM

    His job isn’t being threatened by the pick. It is Roman Harper that should be worried (but not this year due to the cap handcuff).

  14. musicman495 says: May 6, 2013 8:05 AM

    sirsupersouthern says: May 6, 2013 7:20 AM

    The Saints blew it with the Ingram pick. Even if you think Ingram is a good player and worth a first round pick, he’s not worth it in the system NO runs and they should’ve know better. No RB is worth a first round pick in that system, except maybe Sproles but they already had him…
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    It is even worse than you say. Let’s remember that Ingram cost them TWO first round picks (they also traded their 2012 first round pick to get him). And they compounded it by keeping Ingram and continuing to play him, while trading Ivory who was a more productive player. The only thing that keeps this from being a total catastrophe is that the Ivory pick brought them nose tackle John Jenkins, who might make a huge impact for them in their switch to a 3-4 defense. As for Reggie, he needed to go anyway, as Spoules is a better player for them, and he was never going to be as productive for the Saints as he turned out to be for the Dolphins.

  15. lionsfan415 says: May 6, 2013 8:09 AM

    If Malcolm Jenkins was a Jet or a Lion this website would of exploded with hate.

  16. classactcalvin81 says: May 6, 2013 8:30 AM

    Watermelon1 u took the words right outré my mouth!! And no doubt this is the case ” hey guys I’m not acting like Reggie did I’m doing just the opposite and then pointing it out to the media” what a joke!

  17. damcmp says: May 6, 2013 8:34 AM

    Jenkins needs to get over himself…….

  18. thehuckster404 says: May 6, 2013 8:40 AM

    If one were to handle any life decision differently than Reggie Bush would have, then that person is probably making the correct decision.

  19. xxwhodatxx says: May 6, 2013 8:43 AM

    In hindsight the Ingram pick was bad but at the time we didn’t have Sproles at the time and needed another RB.

  20. SeenThisB4 says: May 6, 2013 8:44 AM

    Get it right musicman, Ingram cost the Saints only a #2, and the following year’s #1; not TWO #1s; which is retrospect was actually fortunate, because had they not, Goodell would have forfeited that #1 pick as a bounty penalty. They used their own #1 pick in 2011 to draft Cam Jordan as the 24th selection of the first round.

  21. rajbais says: May 6, 2013 8:58 AM

    I can’t blame Bush because Ingram looks like a slow, chubby waste of a pick.

    However, I will say that the only time that I have heard about Reggie Bush not being highly liked by his teammates in New Orleans has one Alex Marvez has been on the radio. Maybe what Marvez is saying is coming to fruition.

  22. godofwine330 says: May 6, 2013 9:01 AM

    Ross Tucker said he paid attention to the draft for one reason…”Did they draft anyone at my position?”

    I can’t say I blame him on this one. A first round pick says even if you have the job and are doing decent that this guy is here to supplant you and there are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. It IS happening. Creating an uncomfortable workplace? As the movie said, “It happens every spring.”

  23. kerryc21realty says: May 6, 2013 9:09 AM

    Rex Groseman handled it well when the skins got RG3

  24. therealpittbull says: May 6, 2013 9:19 AM

    Can someone tell Malcom, from THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, by talking about the subject manner, it creates a reaction? Therefore, he may not have been as divisive as Reggie, but Vaccaro and the organization still know your thoughts.

    For his sakes, maybe it will be a Huff and Elam situation in Baltimore. Most think Elam is there to replace Ed Reed. Completely wrong. Huff was the free agent replacement, will Elam will place strong safety in the box. Also, Vaccaro has a lot of flexibility so he can be placed all over that poor defense.

    Man, why so sensitive big tough football players?

  25. losntina69 says: May 6, 2013 9:44 AM

    Maybe Malcom should worry more about his play on the field, rather then something that happened two years ago. Geesh kind of bitter huh. Let it go.

  26. bearclaw69 says: May 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    If you think a tweet or two can create an uncomfortable situation in a locker room, wait until a team allows some meat-gazer to prance through their locker room. You’ll SEE uncomfortable, then, when some lineman splatters that freak up against the wall.

  27. sanjose61 says: May 6, 2013 10:11 AM

    How virtuous of Jenkins to point out to everyone how virtuous he is.

  28. khmer379 says: May 6, 2013 10:16 AM

    Aint no RB worth a 1st round pick unless it AP

  29. seatownballers says: May 6, 2013 10:18 AM

    Eagles aren’t winning the Superbowl, let alone the nfc.

  30. jmet11 says: May 6, 2013 10:34 AM

    If you have to say you’re responding the right way.. You probably have many not so right responses going on in your head.

  31. thesteelers says: May 6, 2013 11:59 AM

    Move him back to CB

  32. wringworm says: May 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    I’m pretty sure that the Safety position in a Rob Ryan D is interchangeable between the two guys. If anything the two on the field at the same time will be an interesting thought…

    …come to think of it, an interesting thought is also who will play CB for the Saints too.

  33. musicman495 says: May 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    SeenThisB4 says: May 6, 2013 8:44 AM

    Get it right musicman, Ingram cost the Saints only a #2, and the following year’s #1; not TWO #1s; which is retrospect was actually fortunate, because had they not, Goodell would have forfeited that #1 pick as a bounty penalty. They used their own #1 pick in 2011 to draft Cam Jordan as the 24th selection of the first round.
    —————————-
    I will do more than most posters on this site, and admit that I was wrong about your first point – you are correct that Ingram cost a 2011 #2 (not a #1) and the 2012 #1. I stand by the rest of what I said about it being foolish to draft Ingram at all and sit Ivory (as well as underutilize Pierre Thomas).

    I also disagree with you that is was “actually fortunate” that they wasted the 2012 #1 on Ingram. Giving Goodell the 2012 #1 for the bounty non-scandal and still having a #2 would have resulted in a better draft position than wasting the #1 on Ingram, giving Goodell a #2 on the bounty non-scandal, and starting the 2o12 draft in Round 3.

  34. patsfiend says: May 6, 2013 12:54 PM

    Reggie’s made a few worse moves than sending that tweet. To wit:

    > Not paying off his former agent once he got drafted, like everyone else does.

    > Again, not paying this guy off when he threatened to “out” him and USC.

    > Finally, giving back the Heisman. Because, you know, no one else that has a Heisman ever accepted money or gifts.

    You blew it, Reggie!

  35. tomcous says: May 6, 2013 1:13 PM

    N.O. is fine without him … I don’t remember what they got for Reggie, but with Darren Sproles on-board I don’t think they’re missing Bush at all.

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    @thetroofishere says: May 6, 2013 7:05 AM

    Looking back on the trade, N.O. should have kept Reggie Bush.

  36. hpeters77 says: May 6, 2013 3:32 PM

    I personally think its roman Harper job will be lost for next year not yours

  37. saints4life57 says: May 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    First off, welcome to Who Dat Nation Kenny Vaccaro! Jenkins did the right thing here only because like others have stated he won’t be going anywhere and I don’t think he would want to put his own team mate down! And as for it being a mistake getting rid of Bush I have 2 words for ya!
    Darren Sproles ! < Who Reggie Bush wants to be! ; )

  38. saints4life57 says: May 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    Ahhh it’s gonna be so nice to have a fresh face back there at safety! Now maby we won’t have to cringe every time a team throws a deep ball! lol

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