Data Scout Notes: 2011: 1stC/1stM/PBiletnikoff...2010: NA
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Draft Scout A.J. Jenkins News
12/30/13 - WR A.J. Jenkins caught three passes for 67 yards against San Diego after catching five passes for 63 yards in the season's first 15 games. It was the best game of his NFL career, and the performance included a 48-yard connection with quarterback Chase Daniel.
08/19/13 - Former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, another failed top pick.
Jenkins was a surprise selection at the bottom of the first round in 2012 and dropped the only pass intended for him in a regular season game as a rookie. His inconsistency continued in the first two weeks of preseason play. While leading 49ers' wide receivers in total snaps, he had only one catch; it resulted in a fumble.
"Things factor in, but it's longstanding -- football hasn't changed since the inception. The best players make the team," coach Jim Harbaugh said, outlining the 11 wide receivers San Francisco carried on its roster into last week's preseason game.
08/18/13 - WR A.J. Jenkins will get a chance to show what he can do on kickoff returns this week. Last year's first-round pick is fighting for a roster spot and will need to show some value -- anywhere -- to make the team.
"He's shown good things and is going to do some additional things this week and we will put him in some additional roles to see how he does with that," Harbaugh said. "I think it's like any particular player when you start talking individually, there's a process there and he's going through it. He's competing and he's working hard and usually when you do that, good things happen."
08/11/13 - WR A.J. Jenkins, the San Francisco 49ers' surprise first round pick in 2012, added another less than memorable chapter to his biography in the team's preseason opener, a 10-6 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Jenkins may be in better contention for the biggest first-round bust of the 2012 draft than he is for a spot on the 49ers roster.
He had no catches during his rookie season and after finally hauling in a pass at Candlestick Park Thursday, he fumbled it away in one of the team's four turnovers of the game.
Jenkins was on the field for most of the first half, but targeted only three times, two of which ended in turnovers. The other turnover wasn't Jenkins' fault. It was a badly overthrown by quarterback Scott Tolzien and intercepted. The third throw his way was an underthrown ball that Jenkins had no chance to get.
"Could have been better," coach Jim Harbaugh said of Jenkins. "We got work to do in areas."
The poor play from Jenkins wasn't the first bad sign about his chances at having a role with the 49ers. That came before the game started when Marlon Moore was named the starting wide receiver opposite veteran Anquan Boldin. The same Marlon Moore who had 12 career catches in parts of two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
At the time of wide receiver Michael Crabtree's offseason torn Achilles, it was assumed Jenkins would be the next guy up. At some point, a first-round pick would see the field, right?
That's no longer a foregone conclusion.
Chad Hall, Ricardo Lockette, Kyle Williams and Moore have consistently outplayed Jenkins in camp and veteran Austin Collie caught two passes for 20 yards against Denver after only a week with the team. Eventually the 49ers will welcome back Mario Manningham and Crabtree to play alongside Boldin, which means Jenkins, a year after being the 30th overall pick, he might be looking for a new team.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick offered words of encouragement for Jenkins after he coughed up the fumble
01/20/13 - A day after WR Chad Hall was promoted from the practice squad, he appeared against Atlanta. The team's first-round pick, WR A.J. Jenkins, did not. It's clear the staff does not believe Jenkins can be a meaningful contributor -- at least not this year.