With imposing size, tremendous strength and the ability to take on multiple blockers, Jenkins helps man the center of the Saints defense and has played both the 3-4 nose tackle and 4-3 defensive tackle positions. A third round draft pick from the University of Georgia in 2013, Jenkins has appeared in 42 career games with 21 starts and has registered 136 stops (69 solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and 1.5 sacks. In 2015, he played in 14 games with 12 starts and tallied 66 tackles (32 solo), a forced fumble which he recovered, one pass defensed and a split sack.
NFL CAREER – With imposing size, tremendous strength and the ability to take on multiple blockers, Jenkins helps man the center of the Saints defense and has played both the 3-4 nose tackle and 4-3 defensive tackle positions. A third round draft pick from the University of Georgia in 2013, Jenkins has appeared in 42 career games with 21 starts and has registered 136 stops (69 solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and 1.5 sacks. In 2015, he played in 14 games with 12 starts and tallied 66 tackles (32 solo), a forced fumble which he recovered, one pass defensed and a split sack.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 12/27/14; Signed to a four-year contract, 5/10/13; Selected by the Saints in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
2015 – Appeared in 14 games with 12 starts and posted 66 tackles (30 solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass defensed and a split sack. Tackle total tied for the team lead among Saints defensive linemen…Made season debut in the opener at Arizona, Sept. 13, posting five tackles (three solo)…Made the start and recorded a split sack of QB Andrew Luck, as well as three assisted tackles at Indianapolis, Oct. 25…Started and totaled a career-high 11 tackles, including a career-high eight solo tackles vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8…Started at Houston, Nov. 29 and tallied nine tackles (two solo)…Started and posted 10 tackles (five solo) vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27…Started season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, recording one solo tackle and his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery. 2014 – Appeared in 12 games with four starts before being placed on Injured Reserve prior to season finale. Posted 41 tackles (24 solo) and a sack…Saw extensive action vs. Baltimore, Nov. 24, and registered five tackles (three solo)…Received first start of the season at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30, and totaled five stops (three solo)…Set a career-high with nine tackles (six solo) while recording first-career sack of Bears QB Jay Cutler at Chicago, Dec. 15…Led defensive line with seven tackles (five solo) vs. Atlanta, Dec. 21. 2013 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games with five starts and recorded 29 tackles, including 15 solo stops. Played in both postseason contests and finished with seven tackles (four solo) with one sack…Saw extensive action in his NFL-debut vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, when he made four tackles (one solo) as the Falcons were held to under 100 yards rushing in a 23-17 win…Started his first NFL game the following week in the 16-14 win at Tampa Bay, Sept. 15, when he posted four stops (three solo)…Started vs. Arizona, Sept. 22, and posted a career-high six tackles (three solo)…Started vs. Carolina, Dec. 8, and recorded four tackles (two solo) as the Panthers offense was held to 239 total net yards…In his postseason debut, recorded four tackles (three solo) in the NFC Wild Card win at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, as the NFL’s leading rusher in the regular season, LeSean McCoy, was held to 77 yards rushing and a 3.7 avg…In NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14, posted three tackles (one solo) and first career sack.
COLLEGE – Started 20-of-27 games at nose guard in two seasons for Georgia, totaling 78 tackles (36 solo), four sacks for a loss of 26 yards, eight stops for loss and 24 quarterback pressures. Also added one interception, one pass deflection, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries….Started all 13 games he appeared in as a senior and finished with 50 tackles (22 solo), a sack for a loss of nine yards, two stops for minus 11 yards, a fumble recovery, a pass deflection and 14 quarterback pressures…Anchored the middle of a defense that yielded only 17 rushing touchdowns…Named team’s Defensive Co-MVP and to Phil Steele’s All-SEC second-team…Received team’s Newcomer of the Year Award after appearing in all 14 games at Georgia in 2011…Posted 28 stops (14 solo) that included three sacks for losses of 17 yards, six stops for loss, 10 quarterback pressures, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (2009-10)…Also saw some time on offense as a freshman, carrying six times for 41 yards and a touchdown…As a sophomore, named a four-star player by multiple outlets and the sixth-best junior college player in nation by Scout.com as he started all 10 games and recorded 41 tackles and two sacks…As a freshman registered three sacks…Majored in child and family development.
PERSONAL – Attended Francis T. Maloney (Meriden, Conn.) HS…Played tackle, defensive end and fullback in short yardage situations…Named to the All-Central Connecticut South League squad as a senior…Also competed as a forward on the basketball team where, as a junior, he helped the Spartans capture the South League title after finishing with a 27-1 record, ranked third in the state’s final poll…Participated in the Baskets of Hope program making deliveries to patients at Ochsner Medical Center in the Fall of 2013…Born July 11, 1989 in Meriden, Conn.
DT John Jenkins talks about his big fumble recovery against the Atlanta Falcons. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)
Falcons Devonta Freeman fumbles, Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins recovers in the second half Sunday, Jan. 3 at the Georgia Dome
New Orleans Saints Defensive Tackle John Jenkins met with media Saturday, Dec. 19 and talked about how he feels returning to the field and how the defense needs to play vs the Detroit Lions Monday Night. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins met with the media Sunday, Aug. 16 and talked about the weight he has lost this summer and how his camp has been. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)