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Alex Smith has 'hardly looked downfield'
Friday, August 23, 2013, 9:08pm
Will Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith find Dwayne Bowe? The Chiefs have had Smith play it safe in the first two preseason games, and he’s hardly looked downfield. Bowe will command double coverage until someone, be it Donnie Avery, Devon Wylie or newly acquired A.J. Jenkins proves he can get open as the second receiver and stretch the defense. But not to have targeted Bowe yet in preseason doesn’t make a lot of sense.
While it would be nice to see Smith and Bowe hooking up with regularity, it is not terribly alarming that Smith hasn't targeted Bowe through two preseason games. Bowe is by far the team's best receiving option so the duo should get on track soon.
Donnie Avery slated as Chiefs WR2
Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 4:58pm
Free agent signee Donnie Avery will get the first shot at it after he was elevated to the starting X position on Tuesday in the wake of the trade that sent Jon Baldwin to San Francisco for A.J. Jenkins in an exchange of disappointing first-round picks.
“This is why I came here,” said Avery, a six-year veteran who caught a career-best 60 passes for 780 yards and three touchdowns last year at Indianapolis. “I love the offense. It’s a great opportunity for me to make plays … you have to take some of that pressure off Dwayne. With my speed and ability, I can do that.”
The story points out that Avery got off to a slow start, missing most of the offseason program due to a sprained ankle. Then he had to bide his time with the second unit while the club gave Baldwin every chance to justify its investment in him. With no more Baldwin, Avery is still pretty far down our list of receivers.
AJ Jenkins traded for Jon Baldwin
Monday, August 19, 2013, 1:47pm
A.J. Jenkins is going to get a fresh start.
A short time later, the Chiefs announced Jenkins had been dealt for fellow receiver Jon Baldwin, another former first-round pick who has struggled to make an impact in the NFL.
Seems like a change of scenery deal for both players. Jenkins has really fallen on the 49er depth chart since being a 2012 first round pick. Meanwhile, Baldwin, a 2011 first round pick, had been dropping balls in KC this preseason, including one in a game against the 49ers, ironically. Baldwin seems like he would have a better chance to be productive as the 49ers are desperately looking for a WR2 and a vertical threat. Jenkins looks like he'll battle Donnie Avery and Dexter McCluster for snaps in Kansas City behind Dwayne Bowe.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:47pm
49 WR Chad Hall had several nice plays, including a deep out in which he created about five yards of separation against veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to catch the QB Collin Kaepernick pass at the sideline.
Hall has been making headlines early in camp. He was helped as A.J. Jenkins, who has gotten off to a slow start after a solid offseason program, watched most of practice from the side after appearing to sustain a hamstring strain.
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 11:46pm
Wideout A.J. Jenkins, last year’s first-round draft pick, often lined up with the first-string unit, along with Boldin.
Whoever gets the starting job opposite Boldin will have some fantasy value heading into August drafts, but keep in mind that Mario Manningham is about a month from returning. He's the wild card in this position battle.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 1:17pm
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee believes 49ers WR A.J. Jenkins is likely to be given the best opportunity to succeed this summer. Jenkins is a former first-round pick, and HC Jim Harbaugh had high praise for him in June.
Jenkins spent the offseason working on his biggest weakness in 2012 -- his strength. It was hard to tell whether he made strides during the non-contact practices in the spring, but Jenkins is noticeably more confidant than he was a year ago when he seemed to end up on the ground on every third play.
Training camp, and especially the preseason, will be the true test for Jenkins, who must prove he can operate in spaces far tighter and more violent than those he experienced at Illinois. If he succeeds, his quickness and fluidity would be a nice complement to Boldin's aggressive style. It's also possible that Jenkins will operate out of the slot where he would have more space with which to work.
Sunday, June 23, 2013, 12:22pm
49ers WRs Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham did not take part in the offseason program due to knee injuries, but they figure to be factors in the competition, too. Williams is expected to be cleared for the opening of training camp, while Manningham is more than a month behind Williams' rehab schedule.
Friday, June 21, 2013, 1:03pm
49er WR A.J. Jenkins heads into training camp with what appears to be a slight lead over Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette at the X position (split end) in the 49ers' offense. Anquan Boldin is secure at the Z spot (flanker).
Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham did not take part in the offseason program due to knee injuries, but they figure to be factors in the competition, too. Williams is expected to be cleared for the opening of training camp, while Manningham is more than a month behind Williams' rehab schedule.
"All of us are working hard, and that's for the coaches to decide who gets to play. Me, Ricardo Lockette, A.J. Jenkins and everybody else out there, everybody is fighting for one position. It's a good fight going on," Patton said.
A.J. Jenkins "had his best week of football" as a 49er
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:38am
A.J. Jenkins is coming off of two strong practices.
Said OC Greg Roman: "A.J. I thought, the last two days of last week (OTA) had the best two days he's had since I've been here. Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette - they're all stepping up. And it's just going to be a continuing process. We're trying to get these guys ready for training camp to come in compete and win a job. And it's happening."
How did Jenkins stand out on Wednesday and Thursday? "Oh, just made some clutch catches for us moving the ball," Roman said. "Just made plays, did all the right things, made plays when he had the opportunity. And he just needs to continue to do that."
Said HC Jim Harbaugh: "Thought A.J. had his best week of football since he's been a 49er the last four days of OTAs. And he continues to build on that. ... Anybody that's going from Year 1 to Year 2, it's a great window of opportunity to improve in the kind of fashion that you'll never have again in your career. Because you're going from doing things for the first time to now everything that you do, you've already done."
Jenkins is a player to watch as the 49ers scramble to fill the hole left by the injured Michael Crabtree. We believe a larger, more consistent role for Vernon Davis may be in the works, but someone needs to start opposite Anquan Boldin. When Jim Harbaugh was asked whether he expects WR Mario Manningham to be ready for regular season, he said, "At some point." So it doesn't appear Manningham will be ready for the start of camp.
Three-man competition for 49ers' WR2
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11:12am
A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette will compete during the remainder of the 49ers' offseason program to replace injured Michael Crabtree, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday on 95.7 The Game.
"We'll put Jenkins, Patton, Ricardo Lockette at the same position and let them compete and emerge," Harbaugh said on the O'Connell and Steinmetz show.
"The good news is somebody will emerge because they have to. Then on the other side, Anquan Boldin, Chad Hall . . . Marlon Moore has been doing some really nice things in the offseason. Joe Hastings will compete on the other side."
Michael Crabtree has a torn Achilles
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 1:58pm
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon during organized team activities Tuesday and will soon undergo what could be season-ending surgery, a person informed of the injury told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the 49ers haven't commented on the injury, which used to be an automatic season-ender but has since become one that can sometimes be rehabbed in a matter of months -- as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers did last year.
Both players tore the tendon in the spring and returned to the field after starting the year on the physically unable to perform list.
Crabtree will miss a minimum of six months which means 2013 will be something of a lost season for him. It's a huge blow to the 49ers passing game and especially Colin Kaepernick. Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams figure to split up his snaps and targets. Rookie Quinton Patton may be in the mix as well. The 49ers could also rely on Vernon Davis more heavily, though that's no sure thing given his history of erratic targets.
Friday, May 17, 2013, 5:31pm
Second year WR A.J. Jenkins spent six weeks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and fellow wideout Ricardo Lockette in Atlanta where they concentrated on strength and speed training. It remains to be seen whether that work will translate to the field, but recent photos of Jenkins show a more bulked-up receiver, and the reports from Atlanta were positive as well.
Said Lockette: "I think A.J. will definitely surprise a lot of people this year. Last year, he took it as a building year. This year from what I've seen so far, it's night and day. I expect big things out of him. He expects big things out of himself, and Kap expects big things out of him. I think Niner nation and the Niner empire will be proud of what A.J. Jenkins brings to the field this year."
Said Aaron Roberts of CES Performance, which is where the group of 49ers trained: "From what we heard, (Jenkins) was not a real big weight room guy coming in, but he did a great job. He definitely showed progress."
The 49ers' starting receivers promise to be Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. The third receiver spot, however, is wide open. Two of the veteran frontrunners, Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham, are coming off of ACL injuries, and neither is expected to be full participants in the OTA sessions that begin next week.
Manningham figures to be the favorite if his knee is ready. Jenkins will be in the mix as well.