Wednesday, August 15, 2012
BBAO: Michael Jenkins takes pay cut
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Sometimes you can get a sneak peak at roster decisions by examining player contracts. So it's reasonable to assume that Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Jenkins -- who has struggled at times in training camp -- is more likely to make the final roster now that he has agreed to a pay cut that slashed his 2012 salary from $2.5 million to $1 million.
Jenkins agreed to the new deal last week, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. That came after the Vikings lost rookie receiver Greg Childs (knees) for the season, and during a camp in which Jenkins has looked slow to recover from a 2011 knee injury. Of Jenkins' camp, Pelissero writes: "He moved like he had a flat tire as he has for much of camp, almost appearing to coast at a time he's in no position to do so."
At this point, the Vikings don't have a ton of options. With Jerome Simpson set to serve a three-game suspension to start the season, the Vikings have hoped Jenkins would form a receiver rotation with Percy Harvin and Devin Aromashodu. Jenkins' camp performance would put him on the bubble, but usually a veteran who accepts a training camp pay cut makes the team after the change is complete.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson carried on only a handful of plays during team drills Tuesday and wasn't touched by the defense, according to the Associated Press.
- Rookie cornerback Josh Robinson is expected to make his preseason debut Friday against the Buffalo Bills, according to the Star Tribune.
- Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wonders if reduced snaps will increase defensive end Brian Robison's sack total.
- Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings has now missed 11 days of practice because of a concussion, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Acknowledged coach Mike McCarthy: "Well, it's a long time."
- Receiver Tori Gurley has made a move on the Packers' No. 6 receiver job, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Rookie quarterback B.J. Coleman's chances of making the Packers' 53-man roster aren't great, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Silverstein: "What they've seen are glimpses of promise and bundles of 'Oh, boy.'"
- Detroit Lions fullback James Bryant is in the mix to make the team's final roster, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
- Lions receiver Nate Burleson reported to training camp this year at 194 pounds, about 10 pounds lighter than last season, notes Rod Beard of the Detroit News.
- Veteran linebacker Ashlee Palmer is proving versatile this summer to the Lions, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery is pleased with the work of first-round draft pick Shea McClellin. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has more.
- Rookie tight end Evan Rodriguez is making an impact on the Bears' special teams, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
- It's a different world for Nick Roach at middle linebacker for the Bears, writes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.