Jenkins will likely see competition from Jaylen Watkins and Nasir Adderley for the Chargers' starting free safety spot, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Jenkins was originally poised for the starting role after Jahleel Addae was released in early March and Derwin James slid over to strong safety, but the emergence of Jaylen Watkins (knee) and the selection of Nasir Adderley (undisclosed) in the second round of the 2019 Draft have muddied those waters. Jenkins enjoyed a starting gig in the Chargers' two playoff games last season, seeing the field for all but two defensive snaps while racking up 13 total tackles. Adderley likely poises the biggest threat to Jenkins' role, but the rookie is currently dealing with an undisclosed injury and has only managed to practice on the side so far this offseason.
Jenkins will compete with Jaylen Watkins for the starting free safety position, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Jahleel Addae's release at the beginning of March opened the door for Jenkins and Watkins to have a shot at a starting spot, with Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Derwin James sliding over to the strong safety role. Jenkins was the de factor starter during the Chargers' postseason run thanks to multiple season-ending injuries to different linebackers, and promptly responded with 20 tackles over the course of the final three games. Consider Jenkins the favorite for the role with Watkins still recovering from a preseason torn ACL.
Jenkins is listed as the starting free safety on the team's first unofficial depth chart of the season, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
2018 first-round pick, Derwin James, had been held out of training camp the first week due to a hamstring injury, which likely prompted the surprising depth chart alignment. So long as James remains healthy the rest of the preseason, Jenkins is expected to be relegated to a situational "box safety," a role he performed admirably in 2017.
Jenkins is likely no longer in contention for a starting safety spot after the Chargers selected Derwin James in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It was a surprise to see James fall to the No. 17 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, as many projected the Florida State product to be among the first 10 picks. While the Chargers might be thankful for the slide, it certainly hurts the case of Jenkins, who figured to be in position for a starting role with Tre Boston still drifting in free agency. Jenkins could still see an uptick in snaps, but James and Jahleel Addae profile as the likely starters at safety.
Jenkins could get a chance to start at safety in 2018, Dan Woike of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Jenkins didn't play much as a rookie, only appearing in the Chargers' last five contests, where he recorded 13 tackles and a pass defensed. Tre Boston, one of the team's starting safeties in 2017, still hasn't been re-signed, leaving Jenkins and Adrian Phillips (ankle) as the top candidates to replace him. Even if Boston ultimately sticks around, Jenkins should have an opportunity to earn more playing time on defense.
Jenkins (concussion) was back at practice as a full participant Wednesday.
Jenkins suffered a concussion in the Chargers season opener, which ultimately led him to miss Week 2. He appears back to full health though and should be on track to provide depth at safety for Sunday's clash against the Chiefs.
Jenkins (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Jenkins exited Monday night's season opener with a concussion and did not participate in practice this week. He is also listed as dealing with a shoulder injury. The 23-year-old will remain in the concussion protocol until further notice and has no timetable for his return.
Jenkins will not return to Monday's game against Denver after suffering a concussion.
Jenkins was unable to record any tackles before his premature exit Monday. Since he's only being utilized as added depth in the secondary, he's not leaving behind many opportunities for his fellow teammates.
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