EA and Buff State Native Cole Jenkins Set to Represent WNY at Bills Rookie Minicamp

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Any chance to make it to the NFL is special, but for Cole Jenkins his chance is made that much sweeter by getting a chance with his hometown team.

“It’s crazy, I mean I’m graduating from Bills Mafia to Buffalo Bill. It’s just going to be a surreal experience and happy for the opportunity,” Jenkins told News 4 Sports.

Jenkins is from East Aurora, graduated from high school there, then played college football at Buffalo State and will now participate in the Bills’ rookie minicamp after receiving the invite a few weeks ago.

“It was a really boring day on the third day of the draft, pretty disappointed, but I woke up to a text from my agent saying I got the invite. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions, I don’t think it will hit me until I actually put my helmet on,” Jenkins said.

“It’s been amazing, I’ve been getting bombarded by Bills Mafia on direct messages. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that I was that kid talking to the players, but yeah, it’s been surreal.”

And he’s doing it playing a position he never expected to occupy, long snapper.

“I came in at defensive end and saw a real opportunity to be a specialist. I always wanted to play in the NFL, I always thought it would be as an offensive lineman or defensive lineman, but I was always too small for that,” Jenkins laughed.

“And I saw the opportunity in long snapper and that’s when I jumped at it and started working on it and honing my craft.”

For a long time, Jenkins joked around a bit in high school, but he joked that he wasn’t very good at it back then. It wasn’t until early in his freshman year at Buff State that he zeroed in on the long snap and made it his position, an often thankless position.

“You put the ball from point A to point B, but you have to do that every time you go out. If you mess up, that means points on the board for the other team and points off the board for your team. I mean just do your job, that’s the name of the game,” Jenkins explained.

When it comes to the Bills’ long tenures, Reid Ferguson has been a constant for Buffalo at the position and someone Jenkins looks up to.

“It does its job, it goes unnoticed, which is what you want to do as a long snapper. I mean you only hear about long snapper if they screw it up. But he’s one of the best in the league, you don’t see him screw up. He has been a good guy to look up to,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins played in all 10 games for the Bengals last season and represented Buff State at the Tropical Bowl in Orlando in January while competing with some of the best seniors from every NCAA and NAIA division. He was also named a Third Team All-American by The College Football Network and competed in the FCS Bowl in December.

So as far as expectations for himself during the Bills’ rookie minicamp, he’s focused on the big picture.

“A success would simply be inspiring my community of East Aurora, Western New York. If I can show kids that it’s possible, then that’s a success for me,” Jenkins said.

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