Jenkins, entering his 13th season, had to wait a few weeks into the preseason before receiving his first tryout. The 35-year-old wasn’t sure whether his career was over, given the lack of interest prior to the Redskins, so he tried to get away by spending time with his wife and two daughters.
“You have to take all possibilities into account,” Jenkins said. “You see around, and at the beginning of training camp, it’s kind of a relief. You sit there and see all the guys going through it, and training camps are the worst part of the year. After a week or two, you start to get a little anxious and nervous. You’re like, ‘All right, now I want to play some football. I need to be somewhere.’ The later it gets, the worse the chances start to become.”
The Central Michigan product think he still has plenty to bring to Washington. He said he still has his quickness and hopes to display the versatility along the defensive line that he has throughout his career. It’s the third straight NFC East team Jenkins has played for now: Following seven years with the Green Bay Packers, Jenkins spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles starting in 2011, then spent the past three years with the New York Giants. He recorded three sacks in 16 games (13 starts) with the Giants last season.
“It definitely leaves a little more motivation because you’re going against teams you used to be a part of that didn’t bring you back for whatever reason,” Jenkins said. “It’s a little more fire in that.”