Training Camp Profile: LB Jordan Jenkins
Heading into his sophomore season with the New York Jets, expectations are high for linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Here is his training camp profile as he prepares for a big step in 2017.
In case you didn’t know, the New York Jets are ushering in a youth movement based on all their decisions so far this offseason. From cutting overpaid players to even trading away unproductive ones, the Jets are serious about making sure that all their younger players get valuable reps this upcoming season to continue their development.
Such is the case when it comes to linebacker Jordan Jenkins and his status with the Jets. Entering his second year with the franchise, Jenkins is ready to take a big step and develop into a force to reckon with.
Below you’ll find his profile as he prepares for training camp and the regular season.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
In his rookie season with the Jets, Jenkins totaled 22 tackles, one forced fumble, and 2.5 sacks. He had a decent year despite the Jets going 5-11 and seemed to come into this own towards the end of the year.
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2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Jenkins will be competing for a starting position at outside linebacker and has a very good shot considering the Jets parted ways with veteran linebacker David Harris.
Considering Jenkins excels against the run, he should be able to be used in those situational kinds of plays on defense.
The only thing holding him back is his inability to bring pressure to opposing quarterbacks. This is an area of opportunity for Jenkins that he’ll undoubtedly have to work on and be consistent in if he’s to earn a starting position or work his way towards one this upcoming season. The good news is, he has a high football IQ and should be able to turn into a solid linebacker as the season progresses.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Jenkins still has a long way to go before being a starting outside linebacker for the Jets and if anything, will more than likely end up in a backup/situational role as he further hones his craft. He should make the final 53-man roster of the Jets and continue to develop towards being an all-around complete outside linebacker.