NFL Networks Jason La Canfora broke news Friday afternoon that the New England Patriots and wide receiver Michael Jenkins have agreed to a contract.
Patriots are signing WR Michael Jenkins
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 28, 2013
My immediate reaction to the signing was real simple: There is no way that “Molasses Mike” makes New England’s 53-man roster come Week 1 of the regular season.
Jenkins, who turns 31 in June, recording 40 receptions on 72 targets in 16 games for the Minnesota Vikings while accumulating 449 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
Standing in at 6’4″ and weighing 215 lbs., Jenkins certainly brings size to the field—and that’s just about it. At this point of Jenkins’ career, he can no longer beat defensive backs simply due to his lack of speed—hence the nickname “Molasses Mike.”
While having a large frame, Jenkins certainly does have a relatively large catch-radius and is a pretty stout blocker.
Jenkins’ best season in the NFL came in 2008 with the Atlanta Falcons as he recorded 50 receptions for 777 yards while scoring three touchdowns.
Jenkins was the 29th overall pick in 2004 by the Falcons and certainly had high-expectations entering the league coming out of Ohio State. In my opinion, Jenkins never really lived up to his potential but still proved to be a serviceable player.
However, at this point of time in Jenkins’ career, I don’t foresee Jenkins earning himself a final roster spot with the Patriots but will be an extra body come training camp.