WR A.J. Jenkins, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 190, Born: 9-30-1989, College: Illinois, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 30
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Jenkins got a second chance in Kansas City after a rocky start to his career in San Francisco. It took a long time for him to work his way into the rotation, but by the end of the year he seemed to at least be part of Kansas City's plan for the future. His best game of 2013 (3 catches, 67 yards) came in a week 17 game against the Chargers when the Chiefs rested their starters. “I think you saw what he can do there,” Reid told the Kansas City Star. "You saw it again in the playoff game. He’s a capable player. I thought he made big strides last year." With Dexter McCluster out of the picture, Jenkins has looked like the best bet to be the Chiefs WR3 early in camp.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 3 - Jenkins played sparingly but did haul in his first catch as a Chief on a 6 yard hitch against soft coverage. That play was countered by a huge drop on a third down slant that would have moved the chains.
Week 12 - Jenkins made a rare appearance, hauling in a short cross and taking it for a 22 yard gain. His defender fell down on the play and no one picked him up until long after he made the catch. He was still well behind Bowe, Avery, and McCluster in the pecking order but looks to be establishing himself as the team's 4th wide receiver.
Week 13 - Like Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins saw a much bigger opportunity against Denver and for the most part he made the most of it. He did drop a perfectly thrown ball on a corner route that would have been a huge gain, but his 26 yard grab on 3rd and 14 on the final drive was much bigger. Jenkins also made a good hands grab on a 3rd and 8 screen that was thrown low by Smith. He looks to be getting more and more acclimated to the game plan in Kansas City.
Week 15 - Jenkins took over McCluster's small role in the running game, motioning into the backfield on more than one occasion. His only touch came on a toss left where Jenkins didn't look out of place following his blockers for a five yard gain.
Week 17 - Jenkins beat his man in the first drive deep down the right sideline and then made an excellent hands catch on the 48 yard bullet from Daniel. He also did a nice job finding a hole in the zone and then darting between two defenders for a 14 yard gain on his second catch. While Jenkins was mostly quiet for the rest of the game, he did draw two penalties and generally looked better running his routes than he has all year.
Week 18 - With all of the injuries the Chiefs suffered Jenkins got a shot in the 4th quarter. He took a downfield screen on 3rd and 7 for a gain of 27. It was an easy catch that was well blocked but Jenkins' speed is what turned it into a big gain.