After sitting out his entire rookie year with an injury, it was an injury that allow Jarvis Jenkins to sub in when the Washington Redskins needed him most. Losing Adam Carriker during Week 2 last season was crushing and Jenkins came up with an admirabe performance for a player seeing his first NFL experience — especially coming off an injury — finishing the year ranked 21st of 34 qualifying 3-4 defensive end in Pro Football Focus grading.
Jenkins joins a front seven that is suddenly stout up fronts with Carriker coming back from injury along with outside backer Brian Orakpo. This will give them necessary and quality depth when also considering the likes of Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen on the line and Ryan Kerrigan on the edge. Now in year two, Jenkins believes he’s ready to shine brighter with both the added experience and talent around him.
“Really, it’s really confidence,” Jenkins told The Washington Post. “After the first six or seven months, it’s about confidence. I worked really hard to get my knee back, and the first half of the season, it was just confidence, being confident that I could plant off that foot [without] reminiscing on when I did get hurt what had happened. When that happened, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m good now,’ and then I went out and played. … I played way faster in the second half of the season.”
Jenkins didn’t quite catch fire down the stretch, but did turn in a couple huge games over the latter half of the season. The second-year interior lineman would record a quarterback hit and three pressures in each of the division road wins over the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. I could very well see this line rotating heavily with Carriker back, and Jenkins landing in the 600-700 snap range again in 2013.