It looks like there could be another Western New York native in the National Football League next season.

The former long snapper for the Buffalo State Bengals Cole Jenkins was recently invited to training camp with the New England Patriots.

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Jenkins graduated from Buff State in 2022 and had several tryouts with NFL and other professional teams over the past several months including the Buffalo Bills.


The 6'1" long snapper is trying to become only the 2nd Buff State Bengal football player to make it into the NFL. Tightend T.J Cottrell, who was the son of former Bills coach Ted Cottrell was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2004.

As of this writing, the Patriots only have one long-snapper on their roster, Joe Cardona. Cardona was a 5th-round draft pick by the Patriots in 2015. Cardona recently re-signed in March. He signed a four-year contract extension worth $6.3 million. The contract makes him the highest-paid long-snapper in the NFL.

The road to the NFL will be a tough one, but if Cole can show he is able to play at the NFL level during training camp, he could end up making an NFL roster. The first step is getting a chance, now it is time for Cole to shine.

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