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New England Patriots Will Sign Michael Jenkins

The New England Patriots has surprised us once again. Per Jason La Canfora the Patriots are signing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins. The 10-year NFL veteran was released by the Vikings on March 4 and  to our surprise he is in the process of putting on a Patriot uniform. In the past few days, it was presumed that the Patriots would acquire Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders at some point before April 19.

Oct 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins (84) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Metrodome. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 36-17. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State product was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NLF Draft, round 1 as the 29th pick. He spent seven seasons with the Falcons before moving on to the Minnesota Vikings in 2011.

In 2010 Jenkins suffered an injury in the offseason which caused him to start only 9 games finishing with 41 receptions for 505 yards and 2 touchdowns. After signing with the Vikings in 2011, he was placed on injury reserve late in November ending the season with 38 receptions for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last season he played all 16 games caught 40 passes for 449 yards and 2 touchdowns.

If there should be any doubt if a player still have “gas left in the tank”, I’m not so sure if the 30 year-old Jenkins is still up to the task to play at high-level.  Since his 2010 injury, his production has slightly declined and his ability to get open has not been so efficient.

The news is surprising since I believe that free agent Julian Edelman, a  26 years-old, 5’10” 200-pounder wide receiver and punt returned – along with Leon Washington, is a much more valuable asset than what Michael Jenkins could offer to the Patriots offense.

 

Follow Celia Westbrook on Twitter @celiawestbrook

 

Topics: 2013 NFL Free Agency, Michael Jenkins, New England Patriots

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