John Jenkins (defensive tackle)

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John Jenkins
Free agent
Position:Nose tackle
Personal information
Born: (1989-07-11) July 11, 1989 (age 29)
Stamford, Connecticut
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:327 lb (148 kg)
Career information
High school:Francis T. Maloney
(Meriden, Connecticut)
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:126
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Johnathan Jenkins (born July 11, 1989) is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Georgia, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

A native of Meriden, Connecticut, Jenkins attended Francis T. Maloney High School, where he was a member of the Maloney Spartans high school football team. He played defensive end and also occasionally appeared as fullback on short-and-goal situations (scoring four touchdowns as a senior). Jenkins then attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Mississippi, where he recorded 41 tackles and two quarterback sacks as a sophomore. Gulf Coast had a 19−5 record in his two seasons there.

College career[edit]

Jenkins received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, and played for coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs football team in 2011 and 2012. He was recruited by Richt to man the nose tackle position in Georgia's 3-4 defense, rotating with Kwame Geathers in the position.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 58 in
(1.92 m)
346 lb
(157 kg)
5.20 s 1.81 s 3.01 s 4.94 s 7.80 s 24 12 in
(0.62 m)
8 ft 4 in
(2.54 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[2][3]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Jenkins was drafted in the third round, with the 82nd overall pick, by the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFL Draft.[4] Jenkins was signed by the Saints on May 10 to a four-year contract, the last of the 5 New Orleans picks to sign.[5]

He was released by the Saints on November 9, 2016.[6]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On November 15, 2016, Jenkins was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.[7]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 17, 2017, Jenkins signed with the Chicago Bears.[8] He played in eight games for the Bears in 2017.

On April 7, 2018, Jenkins re-signed with the Bears on a one-year contract.[9] He was released on September 1, 2018.[10]

New York Giants[edit]

On September 4, 2018, Jenkins was signed by the New York Giants.[11]


  1. ^ John Jenkins solid for Georgia now
  2. ^ "NFL Draft Profiles - John Jenkins".
  3. ^ "Georgia DT John Jenkins: 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  4. ^ Birdsong, Nick (April 26, 2013). "Georgia DT John Jenkins taken with 20th pick in third round by New Orleans Saints". AL. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Juge, Andrew (May 10, 2013). "SAINTS NATION: SAINTS SIGN JOHN JENKINS TO 4 YEAR CONTRACT". The Saints Nation. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". November 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Boyle, John (November 15, 2016). "Seahawks Sign Troymaine Pope, John Jenkins; Waive Christine Michael, Sealver Siliga".
  8. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 17, 2017). "Bears sign defensive tackle John Jenkins".
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 7, 2018). "Bears ink Jenkins to one-year contract".
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster".
  11. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 4, 2018). "Giants sign DT John Jenkins, waive DE Romeo Okwara".

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