John Jenkins (defensive tackle)

Johnathan Jenkins (born July 11, 1989) is an American football nose tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, and Miami Dolphins.

John Jenkins
No. 90 – Chicago Bears
Position:Nose tackle
Personal information
Born: (1989-07-11) July 11, 1989 (age 31)
Stamford, Connecticut
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:327 lb (148 kg)
Career information
High school:Francis T. Maloney
(Meriden, Connecticut)
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:155
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:3
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

A native of Meriden, Connecticut, Jenkins attended Francis T. Maloney High School, where he was a member of the Maloney Spartans high school football team. He played defensive end and also occasionally appeared as fullback on short-and-goal situations (scoring four touchdowns as a senior). Jenkins then attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Mississippi, where he recorded 41 tackles and two quarterback sacks as a sophomore. Gulf Coast had a 19−5 record in his two seasons there.

College careerEdit

Jenkins received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, and played for coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs football team in 2011 and 2012. He was recruited by Richt to man the nose tackle position in Georgia's 3-4 defense, rotating with Kwame Geathers in the position.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3 58 in
(1.92 m)
346 lb
(157 kg)
5.20 s 1.81 s 3.01 s 4.94 s 7.80 s 24 12 in
(0.62 m)
8 ft 4 in
(2.54 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[2][3]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Jenkins was drafted in the third round, with the 82nd overall pick, by the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFL Draft.[4] Jenkins was signed by the Saints on May 10 to a four-year contract, the last of the 5 New Orleans picks to sign.[5]

He was released by the Saints on November 9, 2016.[6]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On November 15, 2016, Jenkins was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.[7]

Chicago BearsEdit

On March 17, 2017, Jenkins signed with the Chicago Bears.[8] He played in eight games for the Bears in 2017.

On April 7, 2018, Jenkins re-signed with the Bears on a one-year contract.[9] He was released on September 1, 2018.[10]

New York GiantsEdit

On September 4, 2018, Jenkins was signed by the New York Giants.[11]

On May 13, 2019, Jenkins re-signed with the Giants.[12] He was released on August 31, 2019.[13]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On September 2, 2019, Jenkins was signed by the Miami Dolphins.[14]

Return to the BearsEdit

On April 28, 2020, Jenkins signed a one-year deal with the Bears.[15] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Bears on July 30, 2020,[16] and activated from the list four days later.[17]


  1. ^ John Jenkins solid for Georgia now
  2. ^ "NFL Draft Profiles - John Jenkins".
  3. ^ "Georgia DT John Jenkins: 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  4. ^ Birdsong, Nick (April 26, 2013). "Georgia DT John Jenkins taken with 20th pick in third round by New Orleans Saints". AL. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Juge, Andrew (May 10, 2013). "SAINTS NATION: SAINTS SIGN JOHN JENKINS TO 4 YEAR CONTRACT". The Saints Nation. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". November 9, 2016. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Boyle, John (November 15, 2016). "Seahawks Sign Troymaine Pope, John Jenkins; Waive Christine Michael, Sealver Siliga". Archived from the original on August 15, 2017.
  8. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 17, 2017). "Bears sign defensive tackle John Jenkins".
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 7, 2018). "Bears ink Jenkins to one-year contract".
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster".
  11. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 4, 2018). "Giants sign DT John Jenkins, waive DE Romeo Okwara".
  12. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 13, 2019). "Giants sign draft picks LB Ryan Connelly & WR Darius Slayton; re-sign DT John Jenkins".
  13. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 31, 2019). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster".
  14. ^ "Dolphins Sign John Jenkins, Taybor Pepper". September 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 28, 2020). "Roster Move: Jenkins agrees to 1-year contract". Chicago Bears. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (July 30, 2020). "Roster Move: Jenkins put on reserve/COVID list". Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  17. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 3, 2020). "Roster Moves: Bears activate two, Lucas opts out". Retrieved August 3, 2020.

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