John Jenkins
No. 77 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1989-07-11) July 11, 1989 (age 32)
Stamford, Connecticut
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school:Francis T. Maloney
(Meriden, Connecticut)
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Total tackles:192
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:4
Player stats at · PFR

Johnathan Jenkins (born July 11, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle[1] for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, and New York Giants.

Early years

A native of Meriden, Connecticut, Jenkins attended Francis T. Maloney High School, where he was a member of the Maloney Spartans high school football team. He played defensive end and also occasionally appeared as fullback on short-and-goal situations (scoring four touchdowns as a senior). Jenkins then attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Mississippi, where he recorded 41 tackles and two quarterback sacks as a sophomore. Gulf Coast had a 19−5 record in his two seasons there.

College career

Jenkins received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, and played for coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs football team in 2011 and 2012. He was recruited by Richt to man the nose tackle position in Georgia's 3-4 defense, rotating with Kwame Geathers in the position.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+58 in
(1.92 m)
346 lb
(157 kg)
5.20 s 1.81 s 3.01 s 4.94 s 7.80 s 24+12 in
(0.62 m)
8 ft 4 in
(2.54 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[3][4]

New Orleans Saints

Jenkins was drafted in the third round, with the 82nd overall pick, by the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFL Draft.[5] Jenkins was signed by the Saints on May 10 to a four-year contract, the last of the 5 New Orleans picks to sign.[6]

He was released by the Saints on November 9, 2016.[7]

Seattle Seahawks

On November 15, 2016, Jenkins was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.[8]

Chicago Bears

On March 17, 2017, Jenkins signed with the Chicago Bears.[9] He played in eight games for the Bears in 2017.

On April 7, 2018, Jenkins re-signed with the Bears on a one-year contract.[10] He was released on September 1, 2018.[11]

New York Giants

On September 4, 2018, Jenkins was signed by the New York Giants.[12]

On May 13, 2019, Jenkins re-signed with the Giants.[13] He was released on August 31, 2019.[14]

Miami Dolphins

On September 2, 2019, Jenkins was signed by the Miami Dolphins.[15]

Chicago Bears (second stint)

On April 28, 2020, Jenkins signed a one-year deal with the Bears.[16] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Bears on July 30,[17] and activated from the list four days later.[18] He was placed on injured reserve on September 24,[19] and was activated on October 16.[20]

Miami Dolphins (second stint)

Jenkins signed with the Miami Dolphins on April 2, 2021.[21] He re-signed with the team for another season on April 7, 2022.[22]


  1. ^ "John Jenkins (DT): Bio, News, Stats & more". Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  2. ^ John Jenkins solid for Georgia now
  3. ^ "NFL Draft Profiles - John Jenkins".
  4. ^ "Georgia DT John Jenkins: 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  5. ^ Birdsong, Nick (April 26, 2013). "Georgia DT John Jenkins taken with 20th pick in third round by New Orleans Saints". AL. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Juge, Andrew (May 10, 2013). "SAINTS NATION: SAINTS SIGN JOHN JENKINS TO 4 YEAR CONTRACT". The Saints Nation. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". November 9, 2016. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Boyle, John (November 15, 2016). "Seahawks Sign Troymaine Pope, John Jenkins; Waive Christine Michael, Sealver Siliga". Archived from the original on August 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 17, 2017). "Bears sign defensive tackle John Jenkins".
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 7, 2018). "Bears ink Jenkins to one-year contract".
  11. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 1, 2018). "Bears announce 53-man roster".
  12. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 4, 2018). "Giants sign DT John Jenkins, waive DE Romeo Okwara".
  13. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 13, 2019). "Giants sign draft picks LB Ryan Connelly & WR Darius Slayton; re-sign DT John Jenkins".
  14. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 31, 2019). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster".
  15. ^ "Dolphins Sign John Jenkins, Taybor Pepper". September 2, 2019.
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 28, 2020). "Roster Move: Jenkins agrees to 1-year contract". Chicago Bears. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  17. ^ Mayer, Larry (July 30, 2020). "Roster Move: Jenkins put on reserve/COVID list". Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  18. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 3, 2020). "Roster Moves: Bears activate two, Lucas opts out". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  19. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 24, 2020). "Roster Moves: Bears put Jenkins on IR, sign McCullers".
  20. ^ Mayer, Larry (October 16, 2020). "Roster Moves: Bears activate Jenkins from IR". Chicago Bears. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  21. ^ "Miami Dolphins Sign DT John Jenkins". April 2, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  22. ^ "Roster Moves: Dolphins re-sign Jenkins". April 7, 2022.