As the Jets get close to training camp, I am going to examine the roster and give you my top 25 players. Each weekday, we will reveal another person on the list, leading right into camp. I am not including rookies on this list because I do not feel it is possible to fully evaluate them before they play a game.
No. 12: Jordan Jenkins
Last year’s ranking: Unranked (rookie)
Position: Outside linebacker
How acquired: Selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft
Years left on contract: 3
2017 Salary Cap figure: $740,980
Looking back at 2016: A calf injury kept Jenkins out of the first two games of the season and slowed his progress early in the year. But Jenkins got better as the year wore on and played his best football in December and January. His 2 ½ sacks came during that time. He looked more confident and comfortable.
Pro Football Focus ranked Jenkins 54th out of the 109 edge defenders graded. He finished the year with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to go along with the 2 ½ sacks.