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Mike Shanahan on Jarvis Jenkins: “Could Be Our Top Defensive Linemen”

January 26th, 2012 at 8:00 PM
By Justin Fiore

Mike Shanahan was recently on NFL Network talking about the Senior Bowl. They mostly talked about the benefits the whole Redskins organization are receiving from coaching the Senior Bowl, but after one panelist mentioned Jarvis Jenkins (one of six current Redskins who participated in last year's Senior Bowl), Mike Shanahan shared some very encouraging words.

"I look at him as a top ten pick. When he did play in preseason, he came in and dominated; could be our top defensive linemen."

That is a bold statement Mr. Shanahan. But maybe he is better than Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield, and Adam Carriker — we'll have to wait and see. 

And let's not forget, Adam Carriker was close to being a top 10 pick (13th) in St. Louis. The feeling is that Jarvis Jenkins will take his place as the starter IF Carriker returns. But Shanahan might have hinted at Adam's return as well, saying "you never have enough defensive linemen" quickly after his praise of Jenkins.

Adam Carriker did have a career best 5.5 sacks in 2011. A rotations of Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker, and Barry Cofield could prove to be one of the best in the league next year. Keep your fingers crossed.

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