The Washington Redskins selected LB Brandon Jenkins in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. At that time, Jenkins was considered by many around Redskins circles to be one of the steals of the draft. His status of steal never materialized on the field last season, as Jenkins only cracked the lineup sparingly.
Fast forward one year later, and the chances of Jenkins making the roster was becoming slimmer. The Redskins signed several linebackers in the off-season to bolster the linebacking corp and solidify and improve special teams coverage. As awful as the special teams unit was last season, it was a high priority for GM Bruce Allen and head coach Jay Gruden. Jenkins never became an impact on special teams. In a reserve role at linebacker, that’s a must. The Redskins are already set at outside linebacker, with starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins also selected Trent Murphy in the second round of the Draft this year and resigned Rob Jackson to a one year deal. Jenkins spot on the roster was precarious at best.
Today Jenkins got his roster answer. He was waived by the Redskins to make room for OL Maurice Hurt, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list. It was critical for Hurt to get active. With the additions of draftees Morgan Moses and Spencer Long and the addition the continued improvement of Tom Compton, the chances of Hurt making the roster at the end are about as slim as Jenkins’ chances were. With Jenkins release and Hurt’s activation, the Redskins still do have one roster spot in which they could add a player.
Redskins will begin practices tomorrow in full pads.