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Giants’ 90-man roster: Could John Jenkins provide defensive line depth?

Veteran tackle a depth option for Giants

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John Jenkins with the Chicago Bears.
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The New York Giants hoped veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins would provide solid depth when they acquired him at the beginning of last season. Jenkins, though, played little during the course of the 2018 season.

It might be considered a bit surprising then that the Giants re-signed Jenkins this offseason. Can he make the 53-man roster this time around, and perhaps have more of an impact than he did a year ago? Let’s take a look as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp in a few weeks.

The basics

Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 327
Age: 29
Position: DL
Experience: 6

How he got here

The Giants added Jenkins as part of their massive overhaul of the roster right before the opening of the 2018 season. They barely used the veteran defensive tackle, though. He played in only seven games and did not make a tackle in 57 defensive snaps.

2019 outlook

Jenkins re-signed with the Giants as a free agent. With the drafting of Dexter Lawrence in Round 1 and Chris Slayton in Round 7 Jenkins might have a difficult time earning a spot on the 53-man roster. If he does, it’s hard to see that his role would be any more significant than it was a year ago.