Michael Jenkins Will Add Depth to New England’s Wide Receiver Corps

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

NFL Networks Jason La Canfora broke news Friday afternoon that the New England Patriots and wide receiver Michael Jenkins have agreed to a contract.

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.

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13 Responses to “Michael Jenkins Will Add Depth to New England’s Wide Receiver Corps”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    Fresno pro day SS Philip Thomas 6’0 206 was put thru a strenous workout by a Patriot scout and looked great.

  2. J H TARBORO says:

    The Patriots are bringing Marcus Lattimore for pre draft visit. What are your thoughts?

  3. Scott says:

    The still need to trade up to get a Cordarrelle Patterson or Tavon Wilson type of player to stand toe to toe with Denver’s O’ roster. Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker will present huge match probelms against a paltry NE secondary. Talib helps, but there is really nobody else at corner that can play the ball on man-to-man coverage. Kyle Arrington will get scorched by any of those dudes. (PI on Defense, #24.)

    Pats either draft early at WR or make a big play for Revis which will never happen. Maby DeAngelo Hall?

  4. toybkshr says:

    He prob won’t make the cut in any scenario, but def cut if
    the Pats resign Edelman

  5. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I think Jenkins is a “Branch” type WR with better size at 6’4″. Hard to know what BB is thinking here, other than depth. Last years P-Squad players at WR seem to be in the mix as well. BB could be moving away from drafting a WR this year??
    It all depends who his targeted players are, and I THINK ;
    OG/C Barrett Jones
    DT Brandon Williams
    CB Micah Hyde
    are guys BB would like to have out of this draft. There are MANY others for sure, but these three are very likely to be on the board when the Patriots pick.

  6. cc says:

    As long as nothing is guaranteed, bring in the “smoke screen” then snag a Top Impact WR in the draft!

  7. Breazy says:

    How’s his route running? Lots of receivers don’t have the mind for the Pat’s system…which makes rookies especially hard to plug in, but Jenkins has played in a couple different systems…so maybe his mind gets him in. If nothing else, the CBs get to practice against a big reciever.

  8. J H TARBORO says:

    Depth, nothing more.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      To be honest i hope he makes the team, a true vet and former 1st round pick.

      • Ken W says:

        It’s nice to say a former 1st round pick, but in this situation it just means he never lived up to his potential.

        All depends on how he does with Brady. If they click then he will be around, if not see you later.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          i agree and as you look at how young our WRs are, you can almost see why they bought this type of vet in, even if he is not a starter. Stability

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