Janoris Jenkins Is Setting New Heights for the Franchise and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterDecember 3, 2012

December 2, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) celebrates after returning a fumble for a two yard touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Without general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher the St. Louis Rams franchise wouldn't have a prayer in a massive reconstruction project. The last time Billy Devaney and Steve Spagnuolo tried this same approach they struck out and failed miserably.

Over the course of their three years, Devaney and Spagnuolo went 10-38 and were shown the door after owner Stan Kroenke had seen enough. One of the first items Snead had to deal with was finding new, creative ways to improve St. Louis' roster as fast as possible. 

At 5-6-1 through 12 games of the season, it's safe to say the Rams are one of the most improved football teams in the NFL with the league's youngest roster. One of the best and brightest moves this team encountered was the knockout draft-day trades.

Not all of the young talent has contributed immediately, but most of it has helped Coach Fisher's club win a game here or there. However, no one has been more solid than Rams rookie defensive back Janoris Jenkins.

CB Janoris Jenkins is first rookie in franchise history to score 3 defensive TDs in a season. Mike Jones last Rams vet to do it (1999)

— Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) December 3, 2012

After returning two pick-sixes for touchdowns against the Cardinals in Week 12, Jenkins was at it again yesterday when he recovered a fumble from two yards out for the score. The scoop and score marked the third defensive touchdown of the season for the rookie cornerback.

His ability to find the end zone on the defensive side of the ball has made him the first rookie in franchise history to score three touchdowns in a season. With four games left to play, there should be a few more opportunities for No. 21 to work his magic. 


Arizona Cardinals

Kase Brammer of RantSports.com sums up the Arizona Cardinals in four words—this team is terrible.

Jonathan Cullen of Bleacher Report breaks down the Cardinals' offense and decides they are a complete embarrassment.

San Francisco 49ers

Mike Sando of ESPN.com takes a look at the key turning points for the 49ers in yesterday's game.

Rick Weiner of Bleacher Report tells us why Alex Smith won't solve the 49ers' problems down the stretch.

Seattle Seahawks

Nick Eaton of SeattlePi.com examines the Seahawks' playoff hopes after their win in Chicago, and right now things are looking pretty good.

Jesse Reed of Bleacher Report says Sidney Rice's touchdown catch was a defining moment in the Seahawks' season.

St. Louis Rams

Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hands out grades from the Rams' fifth win of the season.

Drew Copley of Bleacher Report focuses in on the Rams' defense and says they picked up the slack for a struggling offense yet again.


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