Janoris Jenkins Hype Pays Off In First Quarter As Rams Rookie Intercepts Matthew Stafford

In the 2012 preseason, Janoris Jenkins was hyped about as much as a member of the St. Louis Rams whom people can't draft directly in fantasy football could possibly be hyped. After an intermittently successful preseason, all the hype received a Week 1 boost in the first quarter of their matchup with the Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, with seemingly the entire Rams secondary keying on Calvin Johnson, intercepted Matthew Stafford near the Rams' goal line and ran it out toward midfield, keying a sputtering Rams drive that nevertheless ended with a 48-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal.

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So for now, at least, Janoris Jenkins has made a payment on that First Round Talent In The Second Round Homeric epithet he's been tagged with since April. It's good news—especially if the Rams want to stay in the mix with the Lions, who plan on throwing the ball another 30 to 40 times if last year's Scott Linehan-led offense is any indication.

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So that's Zuerlein and Jenkins delivering on preseason hype. By my count, Brian Quick, Chris GIvens, and Isaiah Pead are all still on notice. (For more updates on Sunday's game, check out our Rams vs. Lions storystream.)

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