He says minicamp went "great," as he hoped it would after signing with the Bills as a free agent. He reports to training camp Friday and knows what challenges face him in his bid to land a roster spot.
"I looked at the roster and what players they had like me before I signed," he said. "That was the biggest thing in making my decision about where I wanted to play. Once I got there, the playbook was just an extra plus for me. I had no idea it would be that similar to what I already knew.
"I think they need help at my position. That's what I am looking at as I prepare for camp. I think I really do have a real good chance to make the team if I get my work done like I should."
The 285-pound Jenkins doesn't want anyone to think he felt minicamp was easy or that it won't be hard to make the final roster.
"The physical part was not that bad, but the mental part is tough. In college, sometimes you just got in your stance and played," he said. "The hardest part with the Bills is putting what I knew in tune with the way they wanted me to do it."
There was one unexpected treat at minicamp that he liked.
"We went to Niagara Falls. I went on a boat that goes directly into the falls. That was pretty cool," he said.
Jenkins recently visited with some former teammates, and he's convinced Kentucky will have another winning season with new players emerging in key roles.
"I am sure a whole lot of people didn't know about me going into my last couple of years," he said. "I always wanted a chance to show my leadership. I was never a real vocal guy that said too much. I let my pads do the talking, which was something coach Petri instilled in us.
"But I am expecting some great things from these younger guys. I don't consider myself a bad person to follow, but they all have their own special things to add in their unique ways. I think they will be just fine."
Visit set: One of Kentucky's top defensive recruiting targets, defensive back Isaiah Lewis of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, is scheduled to make a trip to Lexington with his father later this month.
He's already been to Kentucky, but wants to make a return visit as he continues to narrow his list of schools. His favorites at the time seem to be Michigan State and Kentucky."
The 5-11, 190-pound Lewis has offers from Indiana, Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa and Central Michigan in addition to UK and Michigan State. Ohio State has also shown interest in him.