IRVING Mike Jenkins was a hot topic at Jason Garrett's press conference Thursday at Valley Ranch. The Cowboys coach gave several lengthy answers to questions regarding the recent play of the veteran cornerback.
The former first-round pick had shoulder surgery in January, watched the Cowboys spend 50 million in free agency on a starting cornerback and then draft another one with their top pick.
Jenkins, who is in the last year of his contract, responded by remaining in Florida to rehab rather than joining his teammates at Valley Ranch for voluntary workouts. There were also reports that he requested a trade. Jenkins denied those reports.
His first chance at extended playing time came Sunday against Tampa Bay and Jenkins excelled, holding his own against the Buccaneers' top receiver, Vincent Jackson.
Garrett said Thursday that because of Jenkins' recent play and healthy right shoulder, the coaching staff is looking for ways to get the 27-year-old more playing time.