Player: Brandon Jenkins
Position: Outside linebacker
College: Florida State
Scouting report: Like his Florida State teammate Chris Thompson, Jenkins is attempting to return from a serious injury.
The outside linebacker hurt his left foot in the season opener last season. It turned out to be a Lisfranc injury and Jenkins missed the remainder of his senior campaign.
The Redskins finished the 2012 season tied for 23rd in sacks with 32. Jenkins should be able to help in that department.
In 40 games at Florida State, the tenacious pass rusher amassed 22.5 sacks and a total of 37.5 tackles for loss.
Jenkins had the immobilizer boot removed from his foot in November and in March, he ran a 4.98-second 40 yard dash for scouts at the Seminoles’ pro day. Before the injury, he had been clocked at 4.69 seconds.
Although it may take some additional time before he’s completely back to his prior form, Jenkins said the injury is “100-percent” healed.
He graduated in December with a degree in sociology.
Current OLB depth chart: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Darryl Tapp, Vic So’oto.
Where Jenkins fits: Although the Redskins have two cornerstone pass rushers in Orakpo and Kerrigan, there are some question marks both shot and long term. Orakpo is attempting to return from a twice-torn pectoral muscle. He’s also due to be an unrestricted free agent in 2014.
Jackson, the primary backup, meantime, is due to miss the first four games next season because of a failed drug test. He's also due to be a UFA after this season.
If Jenkins is healthy, he figures to be in the mix for significant playing time.
What Jenkins said: “I’m a 100-percent ready to go and excited to be a Redskin. It was a freak injury. It made me mentally stronger and a better person on and off the field.”
“A foot injury is all about patience. You can’t rush and you don’t want to come back too soon and problems in the future with it. It’s an injury that takes about six months to heal, and it’s finally healed.”