If you would’ve told me three days ago that the Vikings signed a free agent who was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, I would’ve guessed it was one of their three offensive linemen on the market. But if you told me one day ago that a former Falcon would wind up with the Vikings, I would’ve guessed it was WR Michael Jenkins.
And I would’ve been right.
Jenkins, who will wear #84 in Minnesota, was released by Atlanta Friday morning and it didn’t take long for the Vikings to scoop up the 6-4, 217-pound WR. In Minnesota, Jenkins will fit well as an outside receiver and he gives QB Donovan McNabb a big target, which will be especially helpful in the red zone.
The move reunites Jenkins with both Bill Musgrave and George Stewart. Jenkins was a first-round pick of Atlanta in 2004 and during his career there Musgrave was an assistant coach from 2006-10 and Stewart was the WRs coach. Interestingly enough, the only season Jenkins, Musgrave and Stewart were all in Atlanta together was Jenkins’ most productive campaign in terms of TDs (he had seven).
Jenkins, who played college football at Ohio State University, became dispensable in Atlanta because the Falcons made a blockbuster trade in last April’s draft to jump up to the #6 overall pick, and with that pick they selected WR Julio Jones. With star WR Roddy White already in the fold, the addition of Jones probably sealed Jenkins’ fate.
In seven seasons with the Falcons, Jenkins never quite produced up to the level you expect from a first-round WR. He did have 7 TDs in 2006, but he never caught more than 53 passes in a season and then his opportunities really decreased when White came onto the scene.
But in Minnesota, Jenkins will have an opportunity to be relevant again if he can hold off the rest of the Vikings young WR corps. Keep in mind, though, that Jenkins will have a leg up on the competition because he already knows Musgrave’s playbook.
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