2019 was the first year that Rayshawn Jenkins played a significant amount of snaps in his NFL career. Due to injuries in the secondary as well as his own continued development, Jenkins’ snap count increased by 474 last year. In the words of Ron Burgundy, that escalated quickly.
The results were generally good, but also a mixed bag. Jenkins’ PFF coverage grade of 67.5 was relatively impressive with the conditions of the secondary. He especially did well in coverage towards the end of the year, as many will remember his performance vs. the Chiefs in Mexico.
At the same time, his tackling and rush defense are still way too inconsistent. Jenkins often takes pretty bad angles when tackling and it shows pretty often. Missed tackles are an absolute killer on defense for the Chargers, especially against the run. To be fair, Jenkins wasn’t the only one guilty of it last year *cough Desmond King cough*, but it was still pretty ugly.
2020 will really determine Jenkins’ fate as he now steps into the starting free safety role alongside Derwin James. The departure of Adrian Phillips has given him an opportunity that he can take advantage of. He shouldn’t get too comfortable though, as Nasir Adderley still lurks in the background going into his sophomore season.
With the way things are going for the LA Chargers in terms of extensions of key players, I’m just not sure Jenkins can prove himself to be beyond replaceable. He’s certainly not bad, but he’s not the elite safety that Lynn sees in him either.
Chance of re-signing: 25%