Like most positions on the Miami Dolphins, the linebacker spot is a mix of experience and youth. Blended together with the veteran leadership of players like Koa Misi, Jason Trusnik, Philip Wheeler, and Dannell Ellerbe is the youthful exuberance of players like Jordan Tripp, Jelani Jenkins, and Jonathan Freeny.
Jenkins, a second year player out of the University of Florida, became a solid contributor on special teams last season, and is looking to expand his role on the Dolphins in his sophomore campaign. He recently joined Greg Likens for an interview on The Finsiders, as Likens asked him on how he plans to make a bigger impact on the field in 2014.
On how he feels in Year 2 of his career compared to last season
“A lot of the same defense is back so I’m able to play a little bit faster and not think as much as my first training camp and just being comfortable out there, allowing myself to play with the guys for a second year in a row makes us have better chemistry. It’s a lot easier than it was last year.”
On what he’s doing differently this year during practice
“I think a lot of it has to do with me being more comfortable in year two, the same carry over from last year. I’m able to play faster, and not think as much. Just being able to react and go. It just makes stuff faster, and I think that’s what people see.”
On what he believes his role will be with the team
“Whatever the coaches need me to be at. I’ve been moved around at a couple spots, and they’re trying me out at different things, seeing where I can fit best with it but I just want to help out the team anyway that I need to.”
On new Dolphins linebacker coach Mark Duffner
“He’s very passionate… he’s a little old school. You can tell he loves football and he knows what he’s talking about.”
On Koa Misi’s move to middle linebacker
“I think he’s an outstanding-like linebacker. He has speed and he’s big and tough, he can command the middle. He’s done a great job at learning the new position. I think he’ll do fine.”
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