Giants pursuing Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins in NFL free agency

It looks as if Jordan Jenkins will not be returning to the Jets, but he could be staying local, as the Giants reached out on Monday to express interest in the 25-year old outside linebacker. Jenkins would be the sort of lower-key addition to help a pass rush in need of upgrades. Jenkins had eight …

It looks as if Jordan Jenkins will not be returning to the Jets, but he could be staying local, as the Giants reached out on Monday to express interest in the 25-year old outside linebacker.

Jenkins would be the sort of lower-key addition to help a pass rush in need of upgrades. Jenkins had eight sacks for the Jets in 2019 and a combined 15 sacks the past two seasons. A 2016 third-round draft pick, Jenkins has 20.5 sacks in 50 career starts.

There is a Giants connection here. Their new inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer was Jenkins’ position coach at the University of Georgia.

General manager Dave Gettleman predicted most or all of the big-name edge rushers would be tagged and thus never make it to the open market. That is indeed what happened: Chris Jones (Chiefs), Shaq Barrett (Buccaneers), Yannick Ngakoue (Jaguars), Matt Judon (Ravens) and Bud Dupree (Steelers) were all protected by their teams with the franchise tag.

At present, the Giants have outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines as their primary returning pass rushers. Each had 4.5 sacks last season. Markus Golden, who led the team with 10 sacks, is an unrestricted free agent.

Jenkins has the ability to set the edge against the run. He is not an elite pass-rusher by any means and should not be considered a double-digit-sack player. He could be a piece of the defensive puzzle, though.

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