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Michael Jenkins (wide receiver)

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Jenkins in 2006 with the Atlanta Falcons
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-06-18) June 18, 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
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Career information
High school: A. P. Leto (Tampa, Florida)
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
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Receptions: 354
Receiving Yards: 4,827
Receiving TDs: 25
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Michael Gerard Jenkins (born June 18, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons and also played for the Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at Ohio State University.

Early years

Jenkins attended A.P. Leto High School in Tampa, Florida where he was a record-breaking track star.

College career

Jenkins became a three-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, starting 38 of his final 39 games, caught 165 passes for 2,898 yards with a 17.6 avg. and 16 touchdowns in his career. He finished career with at least one reception in 38 consecutive games and helped the Buckeyes capture 2002 BCS National Championship at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

His 2,898 yards rank eighth on the Big Ten Conference career-record list, while also topping the previous school all-time record of 2,855 by David Boston. Jenkins earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention as a senior after leading the team with 55 receptions for 834 yards with a 15.2 avg and 7 touchdowns while adding 178 yards and a touchdown on 20 punt returns. He was also an All-Big Ten Conference second-team choice as a junior after leading the team with a career-high 61 receptions for 1,076 yards (17.6 avg.) and 6 touchdowns.

During the 2002 Ohio State championship season, Jenkins made one of the biggest and most memorable catches in Buckeye history, the "Holy Buckeye" play at Purdue.

Professional career

Atlanta Falcons

2004 Season

Jenkins played in all 16 games of his rookie season, recording seven receptions for 119 yards. His 17.0 average led the team and his eight special teams tackles ranked fourth. He made his first NFL reception for 46 yards against the Denver Broncos.

2005 Season

With the slump and eventual release of wide receiver Peerless Price, the Falcons turned to Jenkins to start. Although Falcons quarterback Michael Vick turned to him more often, Jenkins was not a gigantic factor in the Falcons' less-than-stellar offense for the 2005 season. He played in 14 games and started 12 of them after Price left for the Dallas Cowboys. Jenkins made his first career start against the Philadelphia Eagles, leading the team with three grabs for 80 yards. He improved from his rookie season, catching 38 passes for 506 yards. He also caught three touchdowns, the first against the ailing Buffalo Bills.

2006 Season

Jenkins started all 16 games for the first time in his career and registered 436 receiving yards on a then career-high 39 catches with a career-high seven touchdowns. He led team with 77 receiving yards with a 25.7 avg. on three receptions, including a 34-yard touchdown catch in the season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

2007 season

Jenkins had 53 receptions for 532 yards and four touchdowns in his fourth year with the team. He tallied a season-high 76 receiving yards on six receptions against the Carolina Panthers and posted six catches for 64 yards with a career-high two touchdowns against the Houston Texans. Jenkins reached a career-high nine receptions for a team-high 73 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and tied a career-high with nine grabs for a career-high 83 yards against the New Orleans Saints.

2008 season

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Jenkins is matched up against Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at a Falcons away game on November 2, 2008.

Jenkins caught rookie quarterback Matt Ryan's first NFL career pass for a 62 yard TD reception against the Detroit Lions. Against the Chicago Bears, he caught a pass and ran out of bounds to stop the clock with only 1 second left in the game to allow a Jason Elam 48 yard field goal to defeat the Bears.

Jenkins had a career high in receiving yards in 2008 with 1,177 yards.

2009 season

Jenkins started for the Falcons in 2009. He finished the season with 50 receptions, 635 yards, and a touchdown.

2010 season

After suffering an injury in an offseason team scrimmage, Michael Jenkins would miss 4 to 6 weeks. As a result, Jenkins started just 9 regular season games for the Falcons in 2010, finishing with 41 receptions for 505 yards and 2 touchdown receptions. Atlanta finished with the best record in the NFC at 13-3, but the Falcons were upset by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoffs. In the 48-21 loss to Green Bay, Jenkins recorded 6 receptions for 67 yards.

2011 season

On July 29, 2011, Jenkins was released by the Atlanta Falcons.[1] A day later, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

He was placed on injured reserve on November 29, 2011. He caught 38 passes for 466 yards and scored 3 touchdowns during the season.

Minnesota Vikings

Jenkins was signed by the Vikings for a 3 year contract. In week 7 of that year, Jenkins caught a 72 yard pass on the first play of the game, only to be tackled at the 1 yard line. Jenkins had 38 receptions for 466 yards that season. The Vikings would go on to tie the worst season in franchise history, with a 3-13 record.

2012 season and playoffs

Jenkins returned with the Vikings in 2012. Minnesota was 9-6 in week 17 and had to beat the Green Bay Packers to advance to the playoffs. Jenkins caught a diving touchdown in the 4th quarter that gave the Vikings the lead. The Vikings would go on to win that game 37-34, only to lose to the Packers in the first round of playoffs the following week.

On March 4, 2013, Jenkins was released by the Vikings.[2]

New England Patriots

Jenkins signed with the New England Patriots on March 28, 2013.[3] He was released on August 15, 2013.[4]


Jenkins and his wife, Tamara, have one son, Brendan, and live in the famous Chateau Elan. A graduate of A. P. Leto High School in Tampa, Jenkins donated football uniforms to his alma mater in 2008, telling the St. Petersburg Times, "You're always kind of fighting for your school".[5]


  1. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando. "Falcons release former first-rounders Anderson, Jenkins". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Hanzus, Dan (March 4, 2013). "Michael Jenkins cut by Minnesota Vikings in cap move". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  3. ^ Patriots sign free agent WR Michael Jenkins
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (August 15, 2013). "Michael Jenkins released by New England Patriots". Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hooper, Ernest (January 26, 2009). "Al Roker to sample Ybor culture". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1B. 

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