Carolina Panthers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Kris Jenkins, Carolina Panthers
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. Defensive Tackle. 2001-07. Kris Jenkins. 12. player. 87

There have been plenty of exceptional defensive tackles to suit up for the Panthers over the years. However, none quite compare to Kris Jenkins, who was a disruptive force for the Carolina front-four during his seven seasons with the franchise.

Seriously, the damage he did when he was healthy was spectacular. Jenkins missed much of two seasons during his time in Carolina, but was stellar during the campaigns he actually stayed healthy. Just ask the three Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro honors he earned when he was wreaking havoc in Charlotte.

Even for an interior defender, Jenkins had a knack for creating pressure and bringing down quarterbacks in the backfield. His 20.5 career sacks with Carolina were quite the feat for a 6-4, 335-pound defensive tackle. Realistically though, it was his ability to bully blockers and blow up plays that earned him so much love from voters.

More importantly, he helped the Panthers stay competitive while giving them a wrecking ball in the middle. Jenkins is often overlooked by the casual NFL fan, but a look back makes it easy to see that he was invaluable during his time with the team.