The Washington Redskins ended up losing their preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens last night — but what’s more is they also lost second round pick DE Jarvis Jenkins as well.
Jenkins tore his ACL last night starting ahead of veteran Adam Carriker, and the hits just keep on coming with injuries around the NFC East.
The team announced Jenkins had a “knee sprain” last night, but further tests revealed the complete damage. It’s a bigger blow to the team’s defense than you’d imagine. Jenkins, a second round pick, had been one of the big surprises of camp. He was starting last night and appeared likely to play ahead of veteran Adam Carriker in the regular season.
The Redskins DE’s aren’t all that good anyway — so losing some young and hungry youth with a 2nd round pick is indeed a huge loss. The Redskins of course play a base 3-4 and rely heavily on a firm D-line, good LB’s like Brian Orakpo that can add to pressuring the passer, and good coverage from guys like DeAngello Hall to shut opposing offenses down. And the defense was already thin at best. Without a stifling Defensive Line that can also get after the QB, the Redskins defense will not be as stout as they need to be to do anything of note this season.
This loss is a huge blow to the Skins for sure… like if the Giants lost JPP.