The New York Jets have completed organized team activities and their mandatory mini-camp and one player stuck out. Linebacker Jordan Jenkins has started to make a name for himself.
Recently, team reporter of the New York Jets Eric Allen joined Bud and the Manchild on ESPN Radio to talk about the latest happenings around linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Host of BMC Jim Lerch, asked EA about what player stood out so far during the offseason programs, here’s what he had to say.
The Jets had a rejuvenation of sorts with their linebacker corps in 2016 with the additions of Darron Lee and Jenkins in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Jets also added veterans Bruce Carter and Erin Henderson (re-signed) to add some more leadership to the group.
In back to back drafts, we saw the Jets get a outside linebacker with their third round pick, Lorenzo Mauldin last season and Jenkins this year. While Jenkins may be working with the second unit now, he still has through training camp to prove his worth to the Jets.
“Speed infusion” is what EA referred to as one of his favorite additions of the offseason. That is exactly what the Jets did on both sides of the football the past two seasons.
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From Devin Smith out of Ohio State last year in the second round to Jenkins on the defensive side of the ball this year, speed is the name of the game now. While the Jets now have speed, they also have depth and that is something important to think about when the Jets end up naming their starters.
Jenkins isn’t a starter right now and in September he may not be either, but that doesn’t mean he can’t contribute. Heck, the Jets first round pick Lee isn’t looking like he’ll start at the beginning of the season either.
But his ability to play in sub-packages is invaluable to the defensive schematics of head coach Todd Bowles. But sticking to Jenkins for a moment, based on his collegiate career so far, this guy isn’t a double digit sack artist.
So far none of the outside linebackers on the Jets’ roster have proven to be “Von Miller” type players. For the Jets in 2016, the idea is that the culmination of their pieces will wreak havoc.
While expectations are high that Mauldin will turn into a feared pass rusher the Jets are hoping for, it hasn’t happened yet. Jenkins has done well so far this offseason with the Jets and is illustrating he has a nose for the football. He always seems to be at the right place at the right time and the Jets will need that throughout their quest to get back to the NFL Playoffs.