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 former starting free safety Tre Boston still drifting in free agency. Jenkins could still see an uptick in snaps as the nominal free safety, with James reprising the role of box safety in coordinator Gus Bradley's defensive scheme, but it's difficult to argue the selection should be considered a show of confidence towards the 24-year-old.
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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