Drafted 41st overall out of Clemson in April, the 6-foot-4, 325-pound Jenkins was expected to play a key role along the team’s defensive front. This preseason, he had started two games at left end, seen time at right defensive end and also was included in the team’s nickel packages.
Of all of the 12 players drafted, Jenkins had had the best training camp and preseason, and he was making an immediate impact.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett believed that with a rotation of Jenkins and Adam Carriker at left end, nose tackle Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen and Kedric Golston at right end, Washington would have “a real formidable” defensive front.
Jenkins on Thursday night had made his second straight start at left end with Carriker sidelined with blisters on his heels.
Now an opening has been created along the line.
Darrion Scott and Doug Worthington are the two other defensive ends currently on the roster that likely will compete for that spot behind Carriker.
Scott — a 6-foot-3, 310-pound fifth-year veteran — immediately took Jenkins’ place at left end and recorded one quarterback pressure, but didn’t have any tackles. Worthington – a 6-foot-5, 292-pound, second-year player — also lined up at the spot and recorded a tackle.
The Redskins have to cut nine players by Tuesday, but they could look to bring in another defensive end to evaluate.