Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 20, 35 days before Redskins start training camp.
Haslett thinks Jenkins will round into form
Jarvis Jenkins was the talk of training camp as a rookie when he came in after being drafted in the second round in 2011. He was quick and strong coming off of the ball and he was seriously challenging Adam Carriker for the starting job at right defensive end.
The buzz all ended when he tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Ravens. Carriker started 16 games and had a solid season posting 6.5 sacks.
A year ago in camp Jenkins wore a big brace and he was more “just a guy” and not the budding star he appeared to be before the injury. When Carriker went down with an injury in the second game of the season Jenkins stepped in and started the last 14 games.
The results were, well, OK. He had 25 tackles, including two for a loss. Jenkins played well enough in front of Ryan Kerrigan to allow the linebacker to post 8.5 sacks, although he didn’t get any himself.
Both Jenkins and Jim Haslett think that Jenkins’ performance will pick up this season.
“It’s much easier,” Jenkins told CSN Washington. “I have a year under my belt, with me being hurt my first year. So I’m not really thinking anymore. I’m just coming out here and playing ball.”
Haslett sees Jenkins rounding into form and fully recovered for the first time.
“I think Jarvis has looked better than he did his first year. He understands the defense now,” said Haslett. “He has got his feet under him. He’s got the brace off. He’s running around.”
“You can just tell he feels a lot more comfortable, kind of like Barry [Cofield] and Bo [Stephen Bowen] did their first time. I think he’ll make a lot more plays this year than he did last year.”
Carriker is still recovering from his quad injury and he has said that he will start training camp on the PUP list. That will give Jenkins an opportunity to work with the first team and perhaps solidify his grip on the starting job.
Making a few plays when he's in there would help also.
RG3 on top 100 tonight?
It seems likely that Robert Griffin III will be among the players revealed tonight as the NFL Network’s countdown of the top 100 plays of 2013 continues. I received an email from the NFL saying that a Redskins player would be part of tonight’s part of the countdown.
Tonight they announce the players ranked from 11 to 20. Already named to the top 100 have been Trent Williams (99), London Fletcher (86), and Alfred Morris (64). That leaves Griffin as the one remaining player who should be on the list.
The show airs on NFL Network at 8 p.m.
In case you missed it
- Balancing risk vs. reward with RG3
- Depth chart review: Right defensive end
- Jordan Reed’s head will be spinning in camp
- Should the Redskins pursue Hester?
Days until: Training camp starts 38; Monday night preseason vs. Steelers 63; Redskins @ Packers 90