Rookie Malcolm Jenkins was all over the field during Sunday’s practices, lining up as a safety and a nickel back with the first-string defense, then taking a turn at cornerback with the second string.

The Saints were using a variety of substitution packages during Sunday’s sessions, so Jenkins was never technically in the “starting lineup.”

But, really, in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ versatile and adaptable schemes, the old notions of “starters” and “backups” have become as passe as trying to label a guy strictly as a cornerback or a safety.

“I doubt I’ll be pegged into one position, ” said Jenkins, whom the Saints selected with the 14th pick in this year’s draft. Whenever you can be versatile and play at different spots, it helps the defense, because you can put your five best DBs on the field, wherever they may be. If you want to get on the field, you’ve got to be able to do multiple things. And, you know, we’ve got some depth at corner, so my first impact on this team might be somewhere else.