Tag:Kris Jenkins
Posted on: October 24, 2010 2:13 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Jenkins: Ocho, Owens 'not serious about football'

Posted by Will Brinson

Kris Jenkins joined the CBS Sports gang on The NFL Today Sunday, and there weren't any questions about the Jets locker room behavior (Jenkins isn't scared to be blunt, so his opinion would have been interesting, but he's also a big, big man, and you don't want to make him angry, so there's that).

There was an interesting discussion of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens who Jenkins doesn't believe "are serious about football". That will probably go over really well with the Bengals' wide receiver corps.  Watch said exchange right here.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Don't take Kris Jenkins comeback attempt lightly

Posted by Andy Benoit

You have to admire Kris Jenkins’ determination. In Week 1 the 31-year-old tore his ACL for the second time in two years. Rehab on the injured knee is particularly tough for Jenkins because, since he’s unable to run, his weight skyrockets into the 400-pound range.

But despite his age, size and history, Jenkins is not ready to settle for retirement. He recently said that he’s attempting to come back in 2011. "I'm in uncharted waters,” Jenkins told Greg Bishop of the New York Times. “But I'm at the point where I don't care what anybody thinks. I want to leave my mark on the game."K. Jenkins (US Presswire)

This is the second time in Jenkins’ decade-long career that he’s missed back-to-back seasons due to injury. Many forget that, early in his career as a Panther, he was far and away the best defensive tackle in football. But in 2004 he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Carolina’s fifth game. In 2005, he came back but (and this might sound familiar) tore his ACL in the season opener.

The injuries exacerbated Jenkins’ struggle with alcoholism and depression at that time, and the many NFL insiders who questioned his commitment and maturity only grew more skeptical. However, Jenkins came back in 2006 and earned Pro Bowl honors.

When he joined the Jets in 2008, doubters wondered whether he’d be committed to taking on double teams as the nose tackle in a 3-4. (He had always been a gap-penetrator on Carolina’s four-man defensive line). Jenkins responded with another Pro Bowl campaign.

In the six seasons he’s been healthy, Jenkins has gone to four Pro Bowls. He’ll only be 32 when (if) the 2011 season kicks off. Plenty of nose tackles have been productive in their 30s (Pat Williams in Minnesota’s unique 4-3 scheme, Ted Washington, Keith Traylor, Sam Adams, Jamal Williams, etc.) In other words, don’t bet against the Jets veteran leader.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:33 am
 

Hot Routes 9.16.10: Video killed the NFL star

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  • We've been discussing how "locker room spies" are beneficial to their new team (although Eric Winston told me he doesn't think Kyle Shanahan will make that big of a difference) and the Giants have the best one of all in Jim Sorgi, who was Peyton Manning's backup for quite a while. (Of course they also have, you know, his brother Eli Manning, but he doesn't know the Colts offense.) Sorgi, however, doesn't think it'll matter. Because it's Peyton.
  • One of Brian Bassett's readers noticed that Kris Jenkins had a tough time making it up the stairs at Cortland. Provided this account is true, well, it kind of makes it seem like he shouldn't have even been on the field for Week 1. Or we should have seen another injury coming.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

The NYJ provided us with the biggest letdown of the week (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


We all heard the hype before the first week of games was complete. We heard the boasts and the proclamations and the Super Bowl aspirations in the offseason and in training camp. Yet, this past weekend, we found out that some who had so much confidence perhaps shouldn’t have been so forthright about their thoughts.

Sure, some of us – many of us – bought into so much of the hype. And now we know better. Without further ado, here’s the top-ten list with a twist entering the second week of games.

Top 10 Biggest Letdowns After So Much Offseason Buildup

10. Kevin Kolb: It’s not really fair to completely dismiss the Eagles starting QB after he played just one bad half of football (that, unfortunately for him, came with a side of concussion). But after so much discussion about how Philadelphia made the right move by trading Donovan McNabb to the Redskins – who naturally won with McNabb on Sunday night – and giving the job to Kolb, this move fell flat with his 5-for-10, 24-yard performance. Now, there’s another quarterback controversy in Philadelphia.

9. Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian: I was on the bandwagon with the Vikings receiving corps, even after Sidney Rice underwent hip surgery that’s supposed to keep him out half the season. I had called Minnesota’s receivers one of the best units in the league. I might have been wrong about that – or, at the very least, underestimated the impact of Rice’s absence. Harvin and Berrian combined for two catches for 15 yards Thursday. That’s two freakin’ catches for 15 freakin’ yards.

8. Jake Delhomme:
Many of us figured Delhomme was nearing the end of his career – he was going to CLEVELAND after all – but he certainly had to be considered an upgrade over the awful Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn combination from last year. And besides, he couldn’t possibly be as bad as his last year in Carolina (eight touchdowns, 18 interceptions), right? Well, he might just be that bad. For a veteran QB, he made a terrible throw that was picked near the end of the first half that killed any momentum the Browns had when they led 14-3. Delhomme still is an upgrade from last year, but man oh man, he needs to play smarter.

Stafford 7. Matthew Stafford: Is it possible the 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback is brittle? Last year, he suffered a shoulder injury, though he showed huge guts by returning against the Browns to throw a game-winning TD pass (if you’ve got 6:27 to kill, check out Stafford’s killer Mic’d Up segment from that game – it’s cool as hell). On Sunday, he apparently suffered a Grade 2 separation of his right (throwing) shoulder that could keep him out 4-6 weeks. Considering how poor backup Shaun Hill played, some of that preseason Lions optimism has leaked away.

6. 49ers:
They were supposed to win what should be a very weak NFC West. And then they get blown out by a Seahawks team that shouldn’t have played as well as it did. But you know, coach Mike Singletary said Monday he was excited about QB Alex Smith, so that has to be comforting/horrifying to San Francisco’s fans. Perhaps the 49ers are vastly overrated. Or perhaps Seattle RB Leon Washington was inspired by our Five Questions (Or More) segment we did last week.

5. Terrell Owens:
Was he upset, already acting like a diva? Were his shoes bothering him? Was he getting himself checked out by a team doctor? These are the theories that have been bandied about since Owens, along with teammate Chad Ochocinco, left the field before the Bengals attempted a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. Any which way, Owens didn’t endear himself to Cincinnati fans after a smooth preseason. He had seven catches for 53 yards, but he certainly wasn’t the dominant force he and Ochocinco predicted he could be. Lucky Cincinnati got him cheap.

4. Bob Sanders: Sanders had been annoyed this preseason about all the questions he’s faced about his durability, and he was excited to be fully healthy for the start of the season. But he's torn a biceps tendon and could be out for the season. Again, his durability will take a huge hit, and once again, the Colts will have to find a way to win without him – something they couldn’t do against the Texans.

3. Concussions in Philly: remember all the talk about how the NFL was really serious – no, no, really, really SERIOUS – about concussions and keeping players from returning to the field too soon after a brain injury? Yeah, neither does the person(s) who somehow thought it was OK for Eagles LB Stewart Bradley and QB Kevin Kolb to return to the game after suffering concussions. Coach Andy Reid explained it like this: “They were fine. All of the questions that they answered with the doctors registered well, but as it went on, they weren’t feeling well, so we took them out.” Yep, Bradley really looked fine after stumbling around the field like Trevor Berbick after facing Mike Tyson. That’s a scary, disturbing scene.



2. Tim Tebow: Two measly carries for two measly yards. That was Tebow’s stat line from Denver’s loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Of course, he is a backup QB playing his first NFL game, so we shouldn’t expect the moon from Tebow (I could echo those sentiments for the rest of the season, in fact). But for the amount of hype we got, doubly so because Tebow was opening his career in his hometown, it wasn’t much of a payoff. Unless you like your hype short-lived and ineffective.

1. Jets: I knew that if I kept talking about the possibility of the Jets winning the Super Bowl, they’d make me look like an idiot. And so they have. Still, there’s little doubt that with a defense like that, New York could (should?) make a run in the playoffs (though losing NT Kris Jenkins for the season with an ACL tear could complicate those plans). The problem, of course, is the offense. QB Mark Sanchez went 10 for 21 for 74 yards, and starting RB Shonn Greene had five carries for 18 yards (plus a tough time holding onto the ball). With an offense that plays that poorly, the Jets have no chance for the Super Bowl. And maybe not even the playoffs. 

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:50 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 1:33 pm
 

Kris Jenkins suffers torn ACL

Jenkins Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets got some horrendous news today.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, New York NT Kris Jenkins is out for the year with a torn ACL - his second in as many years.

For more detail on what happened last night, here's Will's take on the matter.

UPDATE (1:04 p.m.):
Rex Ryan's first reaction: "Obviously that's gonna be a huge blow for us. We're about the team. I just feel really bad for Kris. A guy that rehabbed that injury, everyday he worked at it. That's part of this business, unfortunately. Injuries happen in this league and that's one of the unfortunate things in this business."

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Last year, after Jenkins went down with the torn ACL, the Jets run defensive stats actually improved. Still, the loss of Jenkins is quite a big deal, especially with LB Calvin Pace already out for the season. Without Jenkins, New York loses a 6-foot-4, 360-pounder who uses great athleticism and footwork. Last year, Sione Pouha stepped into Jenkins' spot and played very well, contributing big time to a defense that led the league in run defense.

Pouha started Monday's game at DE, but Mike Devito - who excells at pass-rushing anyway - could take that DE spot and move Pouha to the NT position. Now, with back-to-back ACL tears (Jenkins played only six plays), you have to wonder if Jenkins can continue his career.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:47 pm
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Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:07 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 10:24 pm
 

Kris Jenkins ruled out for MNF with knee injury

Posted by Will Brinson

The scene at the New Meadowlands -- during the first quarter of the Jets-Ravens game -- should have been fairly familiar for Jets fans -- Kris Jenkins' left knee getting contorted in an awkward fashion, followed by the big defensive lineman walking gingerly off the field on his own power. After all, that's pretty much thing that happened when Jenkins injured his knee last year during a Week 6 loss against the Giants.

Jenkins was helped off by medical personnel during that game, whereas on Monday night he was able to walk off on his own power. Still, the replays of the injury were pretty freaking gruesome, as Jenkins' knee was bent up underneath himself as he fell backwards. So it would be surprising to see him return.

The Jets initially listed Jenkins as "questionable" to return (the Jets' training staff actually got that information to the media pretty quickly) and wouldn't offer any more information. Within about 10 minutes, they ruled Jenkins out for the remainder of the game.

An initial "questionable" status made it seem that Jenkins might not be too bad off; ruling him out for the game that quickly is a little more indicative of something that could be problematic for his short/long-term future.

If the injury is more serious -- and that possibility shouldn't be discounted until we find out more information from the Jets' medical staff -- it would be a pretty huge loss for a team that's already hurting on the front seven out with Jason Taylor forced into extra action for the injured Calvin Pace.

Follow us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) for more details on the Jenkins' injury as they come in.
Posted on: September 6, 2010 1:55 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 2:02 am
 

Now, the Jets truly are Super Bowl contenders

D. Revis, shown here intercepting a pass vs. Oakland, ended a 36-day holdout and should be ready for the season-opener against Baltimore on Sept. 13 (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The signing of Darrelle Revis changes the entire dynamic of the Jets season.

Now that I’ve read that sentence again, I realize that’s a pretty bold statement, because it’s hard to imagine one defensive player affecting his team in that way. But in the case of Revis, it’s true.

With Brett Favre, it’s true. With Peyton Manning, of course it’s true. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Andre Johnson, etc., it’s true.

Revis is the only defensive player in the league who can compare.

Without Revis – the No. 1 defender in the NFL – the Jets were good. Potentially very good. Sure, Mark Sanchez would have to improve on his rookie season. RB Shonn Greene would have to prove right the front office – which allowed Thomas Jones (331 carries, 1,402 yards and 14 TDs last season) to walk – and 31-year-old LaDainian Tomlinson would have to keep rediscovering his 27-year-old speed and arsenal of moves.

WR Braylon Edwards would have to keep making those impressive catches, and two of the best offensive linemen in the NFL – LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold – would have to keep opening holes while keeping Sanchez off his backside.

In fact, after watching the Jets first-team offense blast the Giants first-team defense in the preseason opener, I wrote I thought Rex Ryan’s squad could compete for the Super Bowl.

A quick passage from that blog post:

Ugh, I hate myself for writing something like that based on one measly preseason game in which the team I’m touting lost by 15 points. But the first-team offense, for the most part, looked very good – except when the Jets got to the red zone – and the defense, like last year, looked pretty nasty. They looked like a team that still could be playing in February.

If ….

If, that is, they get back Darrelle Revis. Because without Revis, New York might not be the Super Bowl team coach Rex Ryan thinks they can be. A virtual unknown WR named Victor Cruz made that pretty clear tonight during the Giants 31-16 win against the Jets.


Now, the Jets have their “If” back. And with their “If” in the mix, this team becomes one of the best in the league.

The Jets front seven remains unchanged. Which, when you’re talking about NT Kris Jenkins and Vernon Gholston (who has had a strong preseason) and LB Bart Scott and LB David Harris (sadly, the only one of the Core Four who won’t receive a new contract) is a good thing.

Without Revis, though, the secondary looked awfully thin. Antonio Cromartie is solid No. 2, but Cromartie is no Revis when he's being counted on to be the shutdown CB. Kyle Wilson, a first-round pick out of Boise State who now has lost his starting job, was inexperienced, and the rest of the secondary was the kind of secondary who would allow Victor Cruz, an undrafted rookie free agent playing in his first NFL action, to have a breakout game and catch three touchdown passes.

Now, the question becomes: what kind of shape will Revis be in when he flies to New York on Monday to sign his new contract and begin practice in preparation for the Sept. 13 season-opener against the Ravens?

According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Revis spent part of his 36-day holdout in South Florida working out with former CB Ty Law. He should be in pretty good shape.

That said, the Jets knew they couldn’t go into the season without their best player. You could see the tension in the face of GM Mark Tannenbaum as this weekly saga played out on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Ryan, even though he was kidding when he went door to door in the season’s first episode looking for Revis and begging him to return to the team, knew he needed Revis in his defense. Ryan was being funny in that scene, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t telling the truth.

That’s why Ryan, in a move straight out of Vikings coach Brad Childress’ playbook, flew to South Florida this weekend to saw howdy to Revis and to add a spark to the contract talks.

Even until the end, Tannenbaum – who said he explored trading for other CBs – wasn’t sure the deal would get done.

"I really wasn't optimistic,” he told reporters in an early Monday morning conference call. “Until it was done, I really didn't think he'd be here."

Yet, here he is. The “If” has returned. The best defensive player in the league – the only one who could have this kind of impact on his squad, one way or the other – is back. And the Super Bowl trophy awaits.

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