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Cullen Jenkins\' Chance To Shine

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Cullen Jenkins\' Chance To Shine

I have liked Cullen Jenkins ever since he came in off the bench for an injured Grady Jackson during a season opening Monday Night game against the Carolina Panthers. He played defensive tackle that night, but became the starting right end for the Packers defense after taking over for KGB against the 49ers two seasons ago. Last offseason he was rewarded with a lucrative (by Packer standards) contract extension and seemed to be a rising star opposite Aaron Kampman, a perfect bookend that would terrorize quarterbacks for years to come.


Jenkins was plagued by 'injuries' last year, or so goes the official Packer line. (Curious then that Jenkins hardly ever appeared on the official injury report) His coaches pointed to Jenkins playing through pain as a reason for his less than stellar numbers in the 'pressure' and 'sack' categories. But if you go back and focus on Jenkins during last years games, he does a whole lot of dancing with opposing left tackles, especially after his patented 'I-Want-To-Be-Known-As-a-Poor-Man's-Dwight-Freeney' spin move fails. (and it does more often than not). Grumblings began towards the end of the season and the playoffs that perhaps the Packers had, not exactly wasted, but overspent to keep the one dimensional Jenkins. (Because for all his limitations so far as a pass rusher, the man CAN play the run.)

Well, 2008 presents a clean slate for Jenkins and his ability to get to the quarterback, and what better news could he and the Packers receive than to find that the Vikings mountainous left tackle Bryant McKinnie is suspended for the first four games of the year, including the season opener against the Packers. Replacing McKinnie will be Artis Hicks, better known to his friends as "Revolving Door".

If Jenkins doesn't embarrass Hicks, he will never be the pass rusher the Packers thought they were getting when they signed him to an extension.

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Eric's picture

I really think this is the year that Cullen Jenkins really needs to step up. With all the injuries along the defensive line he really needs to play well at defensive end and defensive tackle. Hopefully his "injuries" from last season are over because we need him to play at the top of his game. I think Cullen Jenkins has the ability to take his play to the next level but he just needs to do it. I am cautiously optimistic that he will be able to turn the corner and make an impact.

packeraaron's picture

Could not agree more Eric. And what better way than to show up on the national stage and terrorize your most hated rival.

PackOne's picture

Hopefully Cullen will get some help? Perhaps this week?

Mr.Man's picture

Well, given the horrid run defense demonstrated this preseason, I'm not sure if the Vikings will have to pass the ball.

Thankfully, Mount McKinnie is a better run blocker than pass blocker, and hopefully his absence will crimp Peterson's running. His suspension is my one source of optimism for the Monday night opener.

packeraaron's picture

Come now. A bit over the top, no? You don't draw optimism from Greg Jennings? From Aaron Kampman? From Charles Woodson? I know people are stressed about the Pack right now, but I think you will all be pleasantly surprised come Monday night...

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