One of the most fascinating things about the annual Meet the Rookies series is how we learn about these players beyond what we see on tape or read about them in pre-draft profiles. And when it comes to second-round tackle Teven Jenkins, it’s neat to see things with some additional perspective.
So, with not much left to say, the first installment of this year’s series is a doozy:
On the field, Jenkins has a gritty style that you love out of a lineman. The pre-draft conversation surrounding him was that he was a mauler. A nasty type of blocker who bullies defenders who come in his path. But the video above shows a different side of Jenkins. It’s 9 minutes and 20 seconds of video showing stuff beneath the surface that we weren’t previously privy to — and that is swell. Jenkins is someone who has a soft side and layers beyond being good at football. It’s refreshing to remember these players are more than just dudes in pads and helmets playing football.
And in the end, that’s what always gets me about this series. There is always something new to learn about your new favorites.