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Jenkins expects to be better than ever

Coming back from knee surgery, veteran DT has rediscovered his passion for the game

Updated: May 19, 2010, 9:25 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- When Kris Jenkins wrecked his right knee and missed virtually the entire 2005 season for the Carolina Panthers, he slipped into a deep funk, started drinking too much and let his weight get out of control. At 26, he contemplated retirement, thinking, "Screw this."

There could've been another pity party in October 2009, when Jenkins blew out his left knee, underwent season-ending surgery and faced several months of grueling rehab. This time, instead of wanting to ...

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