Just as significant, though, is that attitude that Jenkins brings to a group that was criticized roundly a year ago for everything from an inability to protect quarterback Geno Smith to a failure to consistently open holes for the running game.
This is a group that needs to repair some shattered confidence, and perhaps Jenkins is the guy to help do that.
"I try to go out there with a little intensity to me,'' Jenkins said. "I've been here for a while. I've been that kid who was not as physical and I've been that kid who didn't know the plays and I've been the kid that was messing up before.
"You've got to have a passion when you're out there. I hate losing. I want to be the best, and I feel like everyone who is playing with me and next to me on our line should feel the same way. You have to work hard on every play and that's what we try to get out of each other.''
So far, says Holgorsen, so good.
"Those first-level guys are doing good things. It's a lot easier now,'' Holgorsen said. "They block now, so it's a lot easier to run the ball and it's a lot easier to throw the ball.
"When the second guys get in there, it resembles a little bit what it was like a year ago. When you've got three guys coming through to the quarterback, it looks like crap. When you hand the ball off to the back and you've got people behind the block, it doesn't look very good. We go as the offensive line goes.''
Jenkins, of course, isn't going to step in and just pick up where he left off a year ago when he crumpled to the ground on the first series of the spring game. He's spent much of the last year rehabilitating the knee and now has to work back into shape, both football shape and otherwise. But he's taken the first steps.
So what did he lose in a year of not playing?
"That's a good question. I don't think I lost a lot,'' said Jenkins, who said he was so nervous about starting spring practice that he didn't get to sleep until 7 a.m. the day drills began. "You don't lose your footwork. You don't lose your attitude. You have to fine- tune it and get it back, but you don't lose it. You lose some strength in your leg, but you can always get that back.
"You just have to understand it takes time. But I still have a long time until September when I have to be where I need to be strength-wise.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.