Thursday, February 20, 2014
Rookie glance: WR/KR Greg Jenkins
By Paul Gutierrez
How acquired: Undrafted free agent
2013 season:Greg Jenkins, a converted college quarterback from Alabama State, impressed the Oakland Raiders enough in training camp that he was afforded a spot on their practice squad. He worked on his new position for the season’s first 10 games before being promoted to the active roster, where he saw time as both the kick returner (10 for 221 yards) and punt returner (four for 42 yards). In his second career game, at Dallas on Thanksgiving, he recovered a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.
Looking ahead: That Jenkins came off the practice squad to supplant Jacoby Ford as the team’s primary kick returner spoke volumes about not only how far Ford fell in the organization’s estimation, but also what the Raiders thought about Jenkins. Still, it will be interesting to see how he responds to an entire offseason as a veteran, so to speak, and if he stops making fair catches inside the 10-yard line, as he did at least twice.