MERIDEN — City native and NFL defensive tackle John Jenkins has signed with the New York Giants.
“Today I begin a new chapter with the #BigBluenation & happy to announce my signing with @Giants !!” Jenkins said on Twitter Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3, 327-pound Jenkins is about to enter his sixth season of pro football in the NFL since being drafted by the New Orleans Saints out of the University of Georgia in the third round of the 2013 draft.
The Giants will be his fourth pro team. Jenkins had five tackles in eight games with the Chicago Bears in 2017. He played for the New Orleans Saints from 2013-15, and split the 2016 season with the Saints and the Seattle Seahawks.
The Giants signed Jenkins three days after he was released by the Bears. He’s expected to join his new club on Wednesday.
Jenkins and the Giants will open the 2018 season on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, en route to reaching the AFC Championship game, the Jaguars rushed for a league-best 141.4 yards a game.
Jenkins joins an interior defensive line that includes Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill and Mario Edwards . To open up roster space for Jenkins, the Giants parted ways with defensive end Romeo Okwara.
Jenkins graduated from Maloney High School and the University of Georgia. In between, he played two years at Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi.