During a ten minute conference call on Friday night, the newly-signed defensive tackle, came across as articulate, extremely bright and very dedicated to the Jets cause.
For the first time in his career, Jenkins will be asked to play the 3-4 nose tackle spot, and he can't wait to get going.
"I am looking forward to the challenge," said the 6-4, 345-pound Jenkins. "It will be somewhat of an adjustment, but it's something I can handle and adjust to. It's a test I can handle. I want to be a stud in the middle and make things easier for the linebackers. I'm a very passionate person in whatever I do."
One criticism of Jenkins in Carolina was that he sometimes let his weight get out of control. He says that won't be a problem in New York.
"Whatever I have to do to be in top physical condition, I will do," said Jenkins.
Surely, Jenkins has a clause in his new contract (five years - $35 million) related to his weight. When asked about his new deal, Jenkins answered carefully.
"I'm a business man - I'm not going to turn down money," said Jenkins. "I'm not going to get into details.
When Jenkins was asked about the Jets signing of former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca, he was clearly elated.
"He's a man about his business," said Jenkins. "I've played him for a long time. He's a lunch pail guy."
The Jets expect Faneca and Jenkins to be leaders, and Kris has no problem taking on that role.
"I want to come in and be an emotional leader," said Jenkins.
If he can be a leader and a quintessential 3-4 nose tackle, the money the Jets gave him could turn into a bargain.