CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora broke this story on Twitter:
Patriots are signing WR Michael Jenkins— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 28, 2013
Jenkins has spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The 6'4" receiver isn't a flashy pickup by New England, but he does provide experience, veteran leadership and reliable production.
Though Jenkins has only been a 16-game starter for one season out of his nine-year career, he has been a consistent player throughout his tenure in the NFL.
Last year, he caught 40 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings. His career averages in those three categories (minus his rookie season, when he only caught seven passes) are 43 receptions for 539 yard and three touchdowns.
1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero, who covers the Vikings, breaks down what Jenkins brings to the table this season for the Patriots:
Jenkins can still catch and run a route. Problem is he gets no separation once he drops his hips and works back to the ball. Last legs.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2013
Moving forward, there's no doubt New England will need to sign or draft another receiver—preferably one with less mileage and more upside. The Pats added Donald Jones and Danny Amendola via free agency, but they are still missing an explosive player that will stretch defenses on the outside.
Does Jenkins improve the Patriots offense?
With Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez roaming the middle of the field, Amendola in the slot and Jones and Jenkins on the outside, this offense is beginning to take shape nicely heading into the 2013 season.
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