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Jelani Jenkins | Linebacker | #53

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 240
College: Florida
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (104) / MIA
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Raiders signed LB Jelani Jenkins, formerly of the Dolphins.
Jenkins is coming off a miserable season in Miami, but he battled a nagging knee injury all year long and just turned 25. He's worth a look as a reclamation project in Oakland. When healthy, Jenkins has flashed plus cover skills and can chase sideline to sideline. He'll play weak-side linebacker or compete to replace Malcolm Smith inside depending on the formation. Mar 20 - 3:43 PM

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Free agent LB Jelani Jenkins is visiting the Raiders on Monday.

The Raiders are in the hunt for a pair of starting inside linebackers after losing Malcolm Smith to the 49ers and with Perry Riley remaining a free agent. Jenkins profiles best on the weak side where he played with the Dolphins. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 30-ranked 4-3 OLB out of 31 qualifiers in 2016.
Mar 20 - 9:36 AM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins (knee) is questionable for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Steelers.

Jenkins missed Weeks 16 and 17 after aggravating a knee injury but said he's optimistic about his status after putting in a limited week of practice. Tony Lippett (thigh), Bacarri Rambo (chest) and Kraig Urbik (knee) are also listed as questionable. Ryan Tannehill (knee) has been ruled out.
Jan 6 - 2:56 PM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins (knee) was noncommittal on his status for Sunday's Wild Card game.

Jenkins has missed four of the last five games recovering from his knee injury. He's practicing on a limited basis this week, but his status for the Wild Card Round is up in the air. Spencer Paysinger or Neville Hewitt will start if Jenkins doesn't get cleared.
Jan 4 - 6:30 PM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins (knee) is inactive for Week 16 against the Bills.

Jenkins is in the midst of a horrendous season, but it thins the Dolphins' depth for a must-win game. Also inactive for the Dolphins are CB Byron Maxwell, WR Leonte Carroo, QB Ryan Tannehill, DB Jordan Lucas, TE Thomas Duarte and TE Dominique Jones.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase hasn't ruled WLB Jelani Jenkins (knee scope) out for Week 1.

It's surprising, as Jenkins went under the knife only 10 days ago. "I don't want to jinx myself," Gase said. "He's on a good track right now." Jenkins will be most missed in coverage if he can't suit up against the Seahawks.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 03:08:00 PM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins will undergo a knee scope.

The Fins also lost rotational DE Terrence Fede to a sprained MCL. Jenkins is coming off a 71-tackle season across 13 starts. He is regarded as Miami's top coverage linebacker. The Dolphins' defensive back seven is a total mess.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 06:36:00 PM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins is done for the day in Week 16 due to an ankle injury.

Jenkins has been battling ankle woes throughout the season's second half.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 11.

Teammate SLB Koa Misi (abdomen) is listed as questionable. Jenkins and Misi are the Dolphins' best run-stopping linebackers. If Darren McFadden's groin cooperates Sunday, he could run wild on Miami's undermanned defense.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:58:00 PM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins (ankle) is day to day.

It sounds like Jenkins has avoided a high sprain. He should be good to go against the Cowboys.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 02:40:00 PM

Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins was forced from Miami's Week 10 game against the Eagles with an ankle injury, and will not return.

Jenkins went down very early, and was ruled out at halftime. It's quite possible he has a high-ankle sprain.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 03:27:00 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson believes Dolphins WLB Jelani Jenkins is the "long-term answer" at the position.

Jenkins is the only locked-in starting linebacker for the Dolphins with Miami expected to address the position early in free agency and/or the draft after both Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler flopped as free-agent busts. Both may be released before March 10. Jenkins started 14 games as a second-year pro in 2014 and graded out as a top-seven cover linebacker at Pro Football Focus.
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 09:14:00 AM

Dolphins declared LBs Jelani Jenkins (foot) and Koa Misi (knee, hamstring) inactive for Week 15 against the Patriots.

Jason Trusnik and Kelvin Sheppard will start in their place. It's terrible news for a Dolphins run defense that's already been getting dismantled the past three weeks. LeGarrette Blount could go off for the Patriots. Also inactive for the Dolphins are RB LaMichael James, James, LB Jonathan Freeny, LB Chris McCain, OG Nate Garner and OG Billy Turner.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Some in the Dolphins organization believe second-year LB Jelani Jenkins "has the potential to be a weak-side linebacker starter."

"Finding a good cover linebacker is easier said than done, and he can do that," said a Dolphins staffer. Jenkins was selected with the 104th pick in last April's draft and played 127 defensive snaps as a rookie, stealing away 29 from WLB Philip Wheeler in Week 15. Wheeler has been mentioned as a possible cap casualty this offseason. Jenkins could be an in-house replacement.
Sun, Feb 9, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Dolphins agreed to terms with No. 104 overall pick LB Jelani Jenkins on a four-year contract.

A highly productive outside 'backer for Florida, Jenkins excelled in coverage. He's unlikely to see many snaps outside the Dolphins' nickel package on defense, but could compete for a starting job as early as 2014. Jenkins has the ability to be an impact special teamer as a rookie.
Tue, May 14, 2013 04:55:00 PM

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