Why We Should Be Cautiously Optimistic About Shaneil Jenkins

    With the catching a ton of flack all , the team decided to sign former just a few weeks ago.

    Considering he was signed on August 7th, it was reasonable to expect him to not have much of an impact during the opener on August 13th. Despite these low expectations, Jenkins excelled, playing better than just about anyone else on the defensive line.

    Tallying one sack and two hits, Jenkins showed quickness off the ball and good hand play, something that was lacking from many of the other defensive linemen. Surprisingly, the Cowboys moved Jenkins inside, playing him at instead of end. Maybe this move inside is exactly what Jenkins needs to reach his full potential of sorts.

    Jenkins possesses both power and quickness, and showed them both off during his sack of Rams' quarterback at the end of the first half. With the Rams driving into field goal range, Jenkins came up with a huge sack to eliminate the scoring threat and preserve the 17 point lead. jenkins goff

    As good as Jenkins was in game one, we do need to be cautiously optimistic about how consistent he will be.

    According to Bryan Broaddus of, the Broncos let Jenkins go after impressive OTA's and Minicamps because “when the pads came on, he wasn't the same player.” While Jenkins might just be more comfortable at defensive due to his size, and maybe even more comfortable in the Cowboys' , this is still something to keep an eye out for.

    In the past, the Cowboys have had defensive linemen shine in a game or two, but then not even make it onto the final 53 roster.

    As the tweet mentions, Zach Minter emerged early in the 2014 preseason with an impressive performance. 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble made Minter look like a stud who had arrived to solve any defensive troubles the Cowboys might've had.

    Instead, Minter failed to make the final 53 man roster and is now a .

    Shaneil Jenkins had a very impressive game against the Rams, but we must remain cautiously optimistic about both he and the entire until they show us more.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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    Gio Rugby

    Well, maybe Minter was released because of the inept staff to evaluate talent, use his talent/strengths or maybe because they simply hold on to players they drafted or acquired because they just won’t admit their mistakes? Look at their their draft picks in rounds 2 & 3 the last few years or the players acquired via FA. If Jenkins continues to strive then let him continue to compete for a spot over one who’s already been there but hasnt progressed or is under contract. Put the best 53 on the roster, especially if they’ve earned it.