With two NFL seasons in the books, Jets LB Jordan Jenkins knows what he needs to do to set himself apart in his third year: finish sacks.
Jenkins was always known as a great run stopper, using his speed to scale sideline to sideline. However, the pass rush has been an element of his game that has been inconsistent.
In his rookie season, Jenkins totaled 2.5 sacks while accumulating three in 2017. It might be progress, but those numbers don't jump off the page. That is why Jenkins is ready to set himself apart this season by making sure to get the quarterback to the ground, and ultimately, show people how dominant he can really be on the field.
"For me, it's just finishing sacks," Jenkins told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "Getting more sacks this year, and really becoming even more dominant. I'm pretty stout against the run or whatever, but I want to be known as that dominating, aggressive linebacker."
Jenkins has been analyzing film this offseason to see what he can do to finish when rushing the quarterback. He found examples of what not to do like his two misses on Dolphins QB Jay Cutler, and botching a clear sack on Saints QB Drew Brees among others.
The 23-year-old noted he needs to take advantage of those opportunities when they present themselves.
"There were just all those opportunities that were there that you've got to take advantage of," he said. "This is the year where you eliminate the hesitation and take advantage when you've got a guy beat."
To help with his pass rushing technique, Jenkins plans on working with pass rushing guru Chuck Smith as he did last offseason as well.
"I want to expand what I have in my arsenal, not just be just a run stopper," Jenkins said. "I mean, that's good. That's what I was already good at. Getting into the league, I was always stout against the run, and had to work on the pass rush. Now is the time where I have to try to take the next step, to show the results of all the time I've spent the last couple years."
The former third-rounder by the Jets back in 2016, Jenkins tallied 49 combined tackles and one forced fumble to go along with his three sacks last season.