The last few weeks have been a lesson in perseverance for Greg Jenkins. The former Alabama State quarterback hoped to hear his name called in last month’s NFL Draft, but it didn’t happen. Then he had to watch as players like college teammate Terren Jones were quickly signed as undrafted free-agents. But that seems light-years away now as Jones signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Former ASU standout Greg Jenkins (@gjenkins2) signs 3-year deal w/#Raiders | al.com al.com/sports/index.s… #MyASU #NFL
— Nick Birdsong (@birds_word) May 13, 2013
God is good! Hasn’t hit me yet but I’m OFFICIALLY an Oakland Raider! Filled out all the paper work & signing my Contract now!
— Greg Jenkins (@GJenkins2) May 12, 2013
Jenkins was one of over 60 player participating in Oakland’s Rookie Camp. As a player who came in on a tryout-basis with no defined position, Jenkins knew he had to perform well. And obviously he did enough to impress the coaching staff.
Jenkins told Al.com’s Nick Birdsong he was determined to take advantage of his opportunity.
“I feel like I gotta represent for Alabama State and the whole SWAC really,” Jenkins said. “It really don’t matter what school you go to. Man, it’s just God’s grace, an opportunity. A lot people don’t get an opportunity. I just gotta take full advantage of mine.”
Jenkins played quarterback at Alabama State, but may find himself playing receiver, or occasionally lined up at quarterback in a variation of the wildcat. He may also return kicks.