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Bills like 'athleticism' Jenkins brings to linebacker spot

When the Buffalo Bills studied videotape of outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins, they saw an impressive athlete with solid credentials going back to when he was in college.

That, coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday, was why the Bills signed Jenkins Tuesday.

"Just the athleticism overall," said McDermott, who has yet to determine whether Jenkins will be active for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. "He came from a good system years ago at the University of Florida and (has) some of the athletic attributes we look for in our linebackers. He can run and he can diagnose and he's a very instinctive player, so those were some of the things we saw on tape."

McDermott said the Bills would begin working Jenkins, who also contributes on special teams, at outside linebacker.

"And the important part now is just acclimating him to our system and what we do and getting him comfortable so he can play fast," the coach said.


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