Thursday, March 28, 2013
Source: Pats agree with WR Jenkins
By Field Yates
The Patriots have an agreement in place with free-agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins, a league source confirmed to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
The news was first reported by Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com.
Jenkins, 30, has played each of the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after starting his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He hauled in 40 catches for 449 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Originally a first-round pick in 2004 out of Ohio State, Jenkins has the frame to play as an "X" receiver in the Patriots offense.
Terms of the deal are not yet known.
QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: A film review of Jenkins' 2012 performance suggests that this is a signing that is more about depth and creating competition rather than finding a replacement for Brandon Lloyd. Jenkins was used as both a split end ("X") and slot receiver in Minnesota, which focused more on the short-to-intermediate passing game with quarterback Christian Ponder rather than stressing a defense vertically. As it relates to his frame and skill set, Jenkins has a long, wiry build (6-foot-4, 214 pounds), but his speed has faded since the start of his career. He's at his best finding space against zone coverages, and tries to win in man-to-man coverage with his post up skills and leverage from his size. He is not an elite change-of-direction athlete and not a major threat in the open field. He has reliable hands and very good size (the Patriots have a need for size at the receiver spot), but the feeling here is that he's just a role player in this offense if he makes the roster.