His dream in Buffalo is not dead yet.
But that doesn't mean Jenkins is done at St. John Fisher by any means. Though many reported this as a strict release, the BFR has learned Jenkins could return to the team any day.
The 286-pound tackle defensive tackle from Kentucky sprained his knee in a one-on-one drill at camp last week and has stayed at camp rehabbing. He hopes to return soon.
"I was just kind of pushing in toward the inside and just felt it buckle a little bit," Jenkins told BuffaloFootballReport.com. "I tried to walk it off and went through another rep. I did good in the rep but my leg got kind of tense. It started to cool down. I wasn't really warm like I was before and it swelled up a little bit."
Jenkins had a MRI done, which confirmed the sprain. Nothing more serious. Nothing that will keep him out an extended period of time. Talking from his dorm at St. John Fisher, Jenkins' hopes are high that the team will sign him back soon.
And when he is, Jenkins is optimistic that he'll crack the 53-man roster.
"I like my chances," Jenkins said. "With the starters and competition, their body types are very similar to mine. We have the same physical style of play. I feel great about the situation. It's a great situation to be in."
Buffalo's defensive scheme suits Jenkins' game perfectly, he said. That's why he chose the Bills over several other teams after the draft. New defensive line coach Bob Sanders allows players to stick to their strengths.
"Bob is a great coach in the fact that he lets you play your own style," Jenkins said. "He just tweaks your style a little bit to make you more comfortable to play within his scheme and the scheme of the defense. He is a great coach and a great all-around guy. No. 1, he wants to win and wants a Super Bowl bad."
Jenkins played four seasons for Kentucky, logging 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.
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