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Jenkins: Injury or Attitude?

Kris Jenkins

In his career at the University of Maryland, Kris Jenkins was considered an underachiever because he possessed great physical tools, but had not learned how to utilize them. He would show flashes of ability, but largely left his talent untapped. The Panthers selected him in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft, hoping that they could bring his unrealized talent to light. Jenkins didn't lack anything physically, but the staff wondered if he would be able to focus and perform at the NFL level.

2001 was a season to forget. It was Jenkins' rookie season. The Panthers went 1-15 under head coach George Seifert and defensive coordinator John Marshall. Jenkins started 11 games and played in all 16, registering 52 tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries on the season. Morale was low; Seifert lost the team and was fired after the final game of the season. Enter...

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