With social media abuzz over Jason Avant’s signing, the Kansas City Chiefs also revealed that, per team reporter BJ Kissel, wide receiver A.J. Jenkins would be place on IR (presumably due to his lingering shoulder injury).
Despite playing in only nine games this year, the wideout tallied just 37 fewer receiving yards (93 overall) than in the season prior, and he reeled in one more reception (nine overall).
In other words, on average, his production increased. However, given the bar of expectations, that’s basically like getting patted on the back for using the oven without causing a house fire.
Jenkins has loads more of potential than does the man he was traded for, Jon Baldwin— a current free agent who has yet to play a down in the 2014 season. And No. 15 shows it in flashes.
But up to this point, the following GIF serves as a metaphor for his career. Just when you think he has turned the corner and is progressing, he veers off the path to success.
Make no mistake, Avant and Jenkins are players cut from two different cloths. The former is a crisp-route-running, sure-handed slot receiver. The latter is a speedy, big-play, outside wideout.
Until Donnie Avery returns, Frankie Hammond should still be expected to start as the No. 2 option.
Looking ahead, Jenkins’ potential offseason release would free up $1.34 in cap space, while the Chiefs would gain $3.55 million by parting ways with Avery.
Contract information provided by Spotrac.