Catching Up with Kris Jenkins

Maryland alum and NY Jet defensive lineman Kris Jenkins checks in with TSR.

Kris Jenkins can handle the weight of the Jets’ expectations on his shoulders. After all, he did throw 315 lb Ropati Pitoitua onto his shoulders as if he were a bag of laundry. Coming off a 2009 campaign in which Jenkins watched his team come up just one game short of reaching the Superbowl, he is hungry for more. With a reloaded roster, Kris Jenkins and the New York Jets have only one thing on their mind: taking home the Lombardi trophy.

The Jets’ training camp was far from normal as their preseason was filmed by HBO. “It was an adjustment,” said the five time Pro-bowl defensive tackle. “They did a great job of capturing the essence of our training camp but sometimes you wanted a private moment.”

This offseason for Jenkins was all about his recovery and his family. Jenkins acknowledges that the road to recovery won’t be easy because of both the mental and physical challenges. In week 6 last season, Kris tore his ACL making a tackle in a 16-13 loss to Buffalo. Jenkins commented, “They’re one in the same. The mental anxiety and physical stress come along with the injury.” Thankfully, Jenkins is a family man and can get away from the stress of his day job. “I am a father and that comes first. My favorite moments on the field are when my kids come to practice.”

One of the challenges of the NFL is staying at the top and the Jets’ defense doesn’t plan on relinquishing its position after being ranked first last season. “We can be historic,” Jenkins said profoundly. “It’s just a matter of executing it. You can talk all day, now we need to do it and we’re ready to go.” Jenkins attitude has reverberated throughout the team, and winning is the only thing on their minds. Jenkins said, “We have what it takes, we just need to get it done.” He added that with Darrelle Revis back, and the offense’s growth, they’re all ready to go.

Before Kris Jenkins was owning the trenches in the NFL, he was hunting down quarterbacks in the ACC as a Terp. Coming from Detroit, Maryland was a huge transition point in his life. “It was an opportunity to learn and to develop as a man, which is the most important part of college.” Kris absolutely enjoyed his time in College Park, noting that he still stays connected with the school and gives back to the University of Maryland when he can. He continues to follow his Terrapins and was proud of their goal line stand on Saturday to preserve the Crab Bowl win over rival Navy.

  • update- Last night against the Ravens, Jenkins’ suffered a season ending injury, tearing his ACL.

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