CB, Mike Jenkins
Jenkins is the former first-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys who made the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2009 season and proceeded to regress every season after.
Another player looking to resurrect what looked to be a promising career, Jenkins had a bit of a revival in Oakland during the 2013 season when he tallied a career high 65 tackles, but totaled just one interception in the same season. In fact, Jenkins has grabbed just four interceptions in the last six years after starting his career with six in the first two years.
The cornerback entering his ninth year in the league came in at a price under $1 million so it’s not like the Buccaneers broke the bank to bring in his veteran presence. However, like Melton, this past Pro Bowler is better off in the Buccaneers’ history books.
On Wednesday, defensive coordinator Mike Smith talked about the importance of using the secondary to confuse opposing quarterbacks and coaching staffs. With Jenkins’ one-dimensional skill set, which was exploited easily by opponents this season, his future in Smith’s defense is probably non-existent.
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