Snaps – 748
Overall Comprehensive Ranking – 20th (+3.4 Rating)
Pass Receiving – 13th (+6.3 Rating)
Blocking – 86th (-1.9 Rating)
Percentage Caught – Tied 27th (65.8%)
Snaps – 813
Overall Comprehensive Ranking – 90th (-7.9 Rating)
Pass Receiving – 84th (-3.2 Rating)
Blocking – 75th (-1.7 Rating)
Reception Percentage – 68th (57.5%)
Receiving Yards – 46th (635 yards)
Yards Per Catch – 61st (12.7 average)
Yards After Catch – 79th (127 yards)
Touchdowns – 78th (1 TD)
Dropped Passes – Tied 63rd (5)
Fumbles – Tied 1st (0)
Decent Games – Bucs (1st), Saints (2nd)
Terrible Games – Bears, Panthers (2nd), Giants
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Well, this past year’s not as easy to defend for one Mr. Michael Jenkins as the Falcons number two receiver, but it’s all dependent. Everyone likes to pile on #12 for his big drops, including the potential game-winning touchdown against the New York Giants in the Meadowlands or the huge third down drop he had against the Saints in New Orleans against an undefeated team that would have been a definite 1st down. But he’s been a very consistent receiver overall and even had a record season in 2008 when given the right opportunity. He’s had over 50+ receptions for three years straight (including the Bobby Prictrino Debacle) and had a nice touchdown total up until this year. He won’t fool you to be the next John Taylor to Jerry Rice, but he does have potential that can be tapped when the offense runs on the run-first philosophy.
Many fans like to talk about all the big drops, but perennial Pro Bowler Roddy White finished lower than he did in terms of drops (5 to 6). Fans like to immediately point to this underperforming year, but if you look only one season back (2008), Jenkins easily ranked in the top 20 in most categories as a true number 2 receiver. #12 will be the first to admit that he didn’t have a great year, but that could said of the entire offense (excluding White and Tony Gonzalez), but also including Coach Mularkey’s pitiful play-calling. He’s earned the chance to prove he can get back to the true complementary receiver he was in 2008.
Pro Bowler Roddy White, Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, Pro Bowler Michael Turner (albeit injured), and 2008 Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan = Michael Jenkins ONE touchdown. It’s really hard to argue that Jenkins is currently worthy of the number two slot opposite Roddy White, when he’s never lived up to the hype. He was, after all, a first round pick. The guy is simply a wonderful case of unlived potential. Jenkins came out of Ohio State ready to be the next Randy Moss in terms of speed and size (6’4, 217). He was an excellent blocker who could easily move the chains right down the field, regardless if he had a number one receiver to work with. FALSE. He’s had 18 touchdowns in 6 years, which doesn’t sound too awful bad, but if you take out his huge 7 TD performance in an irrelevant 2006 campaign (8-8), than you have barely over a 2 TD average over five years. This is not a 5th round or even a 2nd round pick……he was a first round pick. Sorry, but teams don’t pick receivers in the first round to barely smudge above 2 TDS. With his most recent performance coming last year with a whopping ONE touchdown, and they added Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. Who else do you need to help you get some touches……..Barry Sanders?
Yes he had a good season in ‘08, but that now has to be squared with a 2 Pro Bowlers, a Rookie of the Year, and a weak schedule. Jenkins was simply exposed this year. Granted, Ryan had his struggles, Turner was hurt some, and Mularkey had terrible play-calling, but you’re telling me that you can’t be the go-to-guy when Roddy White is getting double covered and Tony Gonzalez is getting bracketed with safeties? Give me a break. Some thought that Harry Douglas was ready to challenge Jenkins to his inconceivably safe #2 receiver spot before he got hurt. Well fans will always point to him being a “great blocker” and being a good enough possession receiver. Think again. He ranked 86th in blocking in 2008 and ranked 75th in blocking last year. Just because he has a big frame and is “supposed” to block good, doesn’t make it so. For a coaching staff that’s believed to be so fair and honest, its hard to understand the fact that Michael Jenkins has seemingly never been challenged to not be in the starting lineup. In all else, when the team needed him to step up and be a the guy, he failed. If he catches the dropped pass for a touchdown that hit him right in the hands, maybe it’s a win and not a loss. The Falcons driving against the unbeaten Saints in the Superdome and Jenkins drops an easy 1st down catch in their redzone and you never know. Maybe the coaching staff was ready for Harry Douglas to challenge Jenkins to start, but since his injury they’ve been happy to crown him as a comfortable starter. Big Mistake. Perhaps he has a place in the Falcons wide receiver rotation, but its surely not as a #2!
-What’s your thoughts of Michael Jenkins? (Be Nice)
-Is Jenkins a true number two receiver?
-Does he belong in the WR rotation? Where?
-Why is #12’s position so safe with the coaches?
-Did Michael Jenkins get a bad rep for 2 big drops?
-If not MJ#12 opposite Roddy White, then who?