It’s only been a couple of snaps, but the early returns on Cullen Jenkins taking snaps as a linebacker are not good. While he hasn’t actually lined up in the traditional outside linebacker spot, he has taken a handful of snaps standing up in a two point stance.
Needless to say, the results haven’t been pretty.
Now, they’ve called for him to drop into coverage more than anything else from a standing position, and maybe they want to get him the reps now to help refine his technique. But one play in particular told you all you need to know about how opposing quarterbacks would take advantage of Jenkins when he drops.
During team drills, the defense came to the line in an amorphous formation, without any linemen except for Jenkins. Basically, it looked like last years fan-fave “Psycho” except that Jenkins, in the middle of the mass of humanity, was standing up. bouncing around, before the snap of the ball. Aaron Rodgers took one look at Jenkins, took the snap, and fired a ball into Finley who Jenkins was trying to cover on a short slant.
It was absurd.
I hope we get a look at Jenkins rushing the passer from the outside sometime soon, because so far, the returns on his linebacker play are less than inspiring.