Jenkins Shows The "Old Magic"

The Jets' defense has added several pieces this off-season but the biggest X-factor might well be the recovery and health of defensive tackle Kris Jenkins.

Florham Park, NJ – The first day of mini-camp was a chance for Kris Jenkins to show what he termed "a little bit of the old magic."

The Jets' defensive tackle was a full participant in both of Monday's mini-camp sessions, including all contact drills. Jenkins looked completely mobile and said after the morning session that he was no worse for wear. Jenkins, who suffered a torn ACL last October, said that while he is not there yet, he is closing in on full strength.

"I wasn't all the way there but I was close enough," Jenkins said of his health and ability to put on pads. "I got the special pass [to participate]."

Jenkins has been at the center of a much ballyhooed weight loss competition between himself, head coach Rex Ryan and Damien Woody, but he refused to divulge how much weight he has lost. Previously, Jenkins had said that he hoped to be down to 360 pounds in time for training camp. Last week, Jenkins admitted that he had been slightly over 400 pounds as early as February of this year. Currently, it is estimated that he has lost over 20 pounds and is over halfway towards his goal for training camp.

Throughout much of the OTA sessions the previous weeks, Jenkins had worn a weighted vest in an effort to shed an additional pound or two.

Jenkins said that he will participate in all the mini-camp practices. He said that "I do feel pretty good for my age." The massive defensive tackle also said that he feels the Jets have the chance to go far this season, terming the locker room and the team put together a "special thing," adding that "I really think we have a shot [at the Super Bowl] this year.

But for now, Jenkins is happy to be back on the field after a grueling rehab.

"It's almost like a reward for all the work I've put in," Jenkins said.

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