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Getting To Know the 2013 Washington Redskins: Jarvis Jenkins

A look back at Defensive End Jarvis Jenkins in his 2012 season and a look at what is to come in 2013.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Jarvis Jenkins, 6’4", 315 lb

Clemson, Defensive End

3rd year in the league and with the Redskins

Twitter handle: @Jarvis99jenkins

Key Career Stats

Missed all of 2011 due to injury.

2012 Stats: 25 Tackles, 0 Sacks, 0 Forced Fumbles

2012 Highlight: Jarvis Jenkins had the tough job of filling in for Adam Carriker last season after he tore his right quadriceps in week 2 and missed the rest of the season. Jenkins was a good replacement overall. He was an effective run stopper last season, which was a strength for the Redskins defense that could not stop the pass.

2012 Lowlight: While Jenkins was an effective defensive end, the lack of pass rush early in the season was in part because of Jenkins’s ineffectiveness as a pass rusher. When Carriker and Orakpo were hurt week 2, the pass rush struggled with Jenkins taking over at defensive end and Rob Jackson/Lorenzo Alexander taking over at outside linebacker. The outside linebackers are important in the 3-4 scheme to create pressure on the opposing quarterbacks (and collect the sacks), but Jenkins lack of sacks shows he was not an effective pass rusher. Defensive Ends in a 3-4 scheme do not usually have a plethora of sacks, but 0 sacks is not good at all.

What is coming in 2013: After missing all of the 2011 regular season, Jenkins has a full season of football experience under his belt. While Jenkins was not effective when the defense was rushing the passer last season, he will likely improve during the 2013 campaign. Jenkins is an extremely talented 2nd round pick from the 2011 draft and I think he will develop into a force of a defensive end. Hopefully it will start during his second full season in the NFL. While many expect Carriker to resume as the starting defensive end this season, his injuries and high salary cap number could cause him to be released by the Redskins. If that is the case, Jenkins will be the guy to start in his place. And if we are going to win the NFC east next year, Jenkins will need to step up his game in the pass rush.