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July 28, 2007

Weighty words from Jenkins

SPARTANBURG Just spent about an hour transcribing tape of an extensive and enlightening interview with defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. Can’t reval the details yet because the full story doesn’t run until Sunday’s paper.

But let’s just say Jenkins is asked exactly how much he’s weighing these days. He’s also got some harsh words for the folks who’ve called him fat and injury-prone, and a big surprise for all those who thought he spent the last few months away from the team because he was angry about attempts to trade him or his contract situation.

The full piece will be in Sunday’s paper and on charlotte.com tomorrow morning.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2007 at 06:16 PM | Permalink


to all the jenkins haters-told u so. i never once thought that there were any bad feelings between him and the team after he and john fox's meeting. jus think bout all the stuff theyve been through together over the years. im really excited for jenkins this season after coming back last year, working himself back up to top form.

Posted by: john | Jul 28, 2007 8:14:34 PM

Good for him. I ragged on him just like everybody else but seeing the pictures of him...dude is in shape and he looks ready to go. I hope he has a good season and I think if he makes the pro bowl again he probably won't be with the panthers much longer. I don't think we can sign him and peppers...but you maybe so...?

Posted by: JT | Jul 28, 2007 9:00:44 PM

Here we go again. More preseason hype from the Panther beat writers. Why don't we all just wait and see how Jenkins plays. Training camp means nothing unless you get injured. Jenkins can run his mouth all day long during the preseason, but the proof is in the pudding. By the way, can we get some articles about how great Colbert looks or maybe Drew Carter hype.

Posted by: Red | Jul 28, 2007 9:08:56 PM

Yeah, people...look out for Jenkins' "harsh words"...he's got just as much right as anybody else to be morbidly obese (6-4, 385=46.9 BMI, WELL above the designation for that category). Well, aside from the $6+ mil a year he's getting paid to keep his body and mind in shape and ready to perform like the elite athlete he can be. And as for injury prone, how exactly can he defend himself when he's missed more games than he's played in over the last 3 years? I once fought to support him in the argument about the NFL's best DT, and at one time, there were only two options--himself and Richard Seymour. Fact is, though, he got paid, he got lazy, and his skills slipped. He had an adequate to good season last year, but if he wants to get paid like an elite player, he needs to perform like one. The most consistent thing we can count on from him these days is an encroachment or two every game because he knows he's not explosive enough off the line anymore to beat ANY interior lineman.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 28, 2007 9:25:53 PM

Great ground-breaking journalism there, Mr. whatever your name is.

Hey, think you might report on the Panthers player that threatened to kill another person?

Or are you gonna get to that after you write your "Jenkins: I'm not fat." article?

Posted by: Will | Jul 29, 2007 12:06:30 AM

@ MP
While Kris Jenkins may be overweight you can't compare him to the average human being by using the BMI... that is based on an average body type, which kris Jenkins obviously doesn't have. Anybody that can bench >400 squat >600 and still run a 4.8 40 obviously does not fit the body type of the average american.

Posted by: Aaron | Jul 29, 2007 8:00:14 AM

I'm aware of the drawbacks to the formula, Aaron, but my point still stands. At 6-4, 385, there is no way not to be considered VERY clinically obese.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 29, 2007 7:24:22 PM

Rumor has it that Kris snuck out last night from the dorm room and went down to the local Popeye's and had a bucket of chicken for a snack.

Posted by: Josh | Jul 30, 2007 5:01:39 PM

How about some facts instead of running off at the mouth jenkins is 6-4 349 so according to my calculations he lost 40 pounds, I am satisfied, so shut up and take your butt to the gym cus you are probably a fat couch potato like me.

Posted by: Justin | Jul 30, 2007 6:25:31 PM

Hah...he's LISTED at 349, Justin. Which is actually an INCREASE from the 335 he was listed at LAST YEAR. So about that running off at the mouth...

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 30, 2007 10:21:28 PM

It usually takes until the second year after a severe injury to get back to 100%. At 100%, Jenkins can be the best in the league again. What I like is that he can be explosive and has the know-how and experience, so if he works to be the best, and really wants it, he will be. However, if he's just better than last year, then that will be a real plus as we rotate more D-linemen through and the LBs and DBs play better overall this year. Kris Jenkins will be a dominate force this year. If not, we're still going to win it all in a SB rematch with the Pats. By the way, Red is a punk and Will wants an article about a player threatening to kill someone. Will, everyone has done that at some point or another. When you write stupid garbage, people probably think that about you.

Posted by: charlsong1 | Aug 1, 2007 7:13:56 AM

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