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A.J. Jenkins out of shape at 49ers’ minicamp

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San Francisco 49ers rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins has been invited to go through the grueling uphill run that former 49ers receiver Jerry Rice made the staple of his offseason workouts. It appears that Jenkins needs it.

Matt Maiocco of reports that Jenkins showed up out of shape to the first day of the 49ers’ minicamp today. Maiocco calls it “easy to see” and says that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh noticed.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports that when he was asked about Jenkins, Harbaugh immediately pointed out that many of the receivers were out of shape. Jenkins, who got winded as practice went on and had two bad drops, said he agrees that he needs to get into better shape and found that the pace of the 49ers’ work is faster than the pace of the workouts he’s been doing on his own.

Maiocco also posted a video of Jenkins running a figure-8 race with fellow rookie receiver Chris Owusu. Owusu won the race, and it sounded like Jenkins was getting yelled at by the coach running the drill for not hustling all the way through the end.

None of this will be an issue at all if Jenkins proves himself a hard worker over the summer and is ready to go when the preseason starts in three months. But it appears that Jenkins is not off to a great start in San Francisco.

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39 Responses to “A.J. Jenkins out of shape at 49ers’ minicamp”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 11, 2012 3:49 PM


  2. texan1979 says: May 11, 2012 3:52 PM

    Crabtree jr.?

  3. time2speakup says: May 11, 2012 3:56 PM

    A saving grace is that he is just a pup. But I still found myself wondering why he was not present to work out the day after he was drafted. I don’t know his circumstance or situation at the time – it just struck me as odd. But right about now, I’m betting he wishes he HAD showed the next day for workouts. Not to worry, he’ll be fine (especially now that after all the “first-round” hoopla, he seems to have stepped in it.)

  4. billhicks666 says: May 11, 2012 3:57 PM

    “Jenkins, who got winded as practice went on and had two bad drops, said he agrees that he needs to get into better shape and found that the pace of the 49ers’ work is faster than the pace of the workouts he’s been doing on his own.”

    What workouts? This guy has been doing absolutely nothing to prepare himself to be a professional football player. There were serious questions about his maturiy going into the draft, and the 49ers reached for this guy in the first round! LOL

  5. panamon says: May 11, 2012 4:01 PM

    A.J. Smith?

  6. time2speakup says: May 11, 2012 4:01 PM

    FYI for those outside this area: Harbaugh runs everything, repeat everything up tempo. And when the team is practicing in gear, they go for 3 hour stretches just to mimic game length. Randy Moss was blown away his first day of the field with the pace and tempo Harbaugh uses. Hey, that “break-neck”pace worked for a 13-3 record.

  7. bobulated says: May 11, 2012 4:02 PM

    Listen to St. Jerry young Mr. Jenkins. Listen and do as he does and all will be well.

  8. nineroutsider says: May 11, 2012 4:12 PM

    It’s May and he is fresh out of school; he’ll be fine not worried at all. The 49ers practice pace is very, very fast so he has a lot to learn.

    He reminds me a lot of Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd started off slow with the 9ers. Harbaugh, his staff, and most importantly his teammates will be digging into this kid good…he will catch up.

    I like the hate though, it’s a good feeling, means you are winning and feared. Keeps it coming…

  9. rayguyreturns says: May 11, 2012 4:17 PM

    Next it’s the hamstring or the achilles. They show up out of shape and get “injured” for the season during training camp. Sounds familiar?

  10. bozosforall says: May 11, 2012 4:18 PM

    Dude needs to put on his big boy pants and get to work. Harbaugh won’t put up with any crap from this fool. He will ride the bench if he doesn’t step up and produce.

  11. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 11, 2012 4:28 PM

    Well it’s a good thing he has such proven hard working team players like Moss and Crabtree to help him

  12. bubba9er says: May 11, 2012 4:31 PM

    I don’t think anyone on the offensive side of the ball has his spot reserved except Frank Gore. And even he has way more competition than in years passed. Owusu already has a leg up on the rest of the WRs because he is from Stanford. These other guys, including Randy #84 and AJ Jenkins had better figure it out soon. Jim Harbaugh will only be patient for so long…

  13. sonoco says: May 11, 2012 4:37 PM

    The kid is moving to the Bay Area next week to train at the team facility full time after just earning his degree at Illinois. He’ll be fine.

  14. mjkelly77 says: May 11, 2012 4:39 PM

    Oh oh. Looks like Hairbow may have chosen poorly.

  15. jikkle49 says: May 11, 2012 4:39 PM

    Some guys are just ignorant of the effort and what they need to do work out wise to be physically prepared for the NFL.

    So at the moment I would consider this a non issue and just a wake up call for him. He just needs to get with the strength and conditioning coaches, other teammates, and especially Jerry Rice to learn what it takes to be physically ready and what to actually do as well.

    If he’s genuinely lazy than it’s going to be a major issue going forward.

  16. eaglesfan247 says: May 11, 2012 4:41 PM

    That is hilarious, you got yourself a keeper 49ers

  17. mrmarcus55 says: May 11, 2012 4:42 PM

    He will be fine, I wished i got payed to workout like nfl players.

  18. smcgaels1997 says: May 11, 2012 4:44 PM

    Who gives a crap, he’s a rookie now in the NFL..he will learn

  19. footballfanatic2010 says: May 11, 2012 4:45 PM

    Right, he’s a bust because he was tired in his first workout.

    Around the league, every year, rookies come into their first minicamp and learn what real conditioning is. If he’s still struggling when training camp begins, fire away. Until then, he’s a rookie, and this is a common occurrence…for every team.

  20. weepingjebus says: May 11, 2012 4:46 PM

    The Niners should make whoever scouted him and/or advocated for his draft position come down and run all the drills along with him.

  21. weepingjebus says: May 11, 2012 4:50 PM

    Also, this comment from the earlier Hill thread now belongs to the ages:

    “thesportgenius says:
    May 8, 2012 1:36 PM
    This kid will prove to be a great pick @30. He also decided to blow off walking in a cap & gown at graduation to move permanently to the Bay Area immediately and start working out with the team & JR. He’s got the right attitude already. Athletically gifted + HOF mentor + work ethic = star in the making.

    4 0 i
    Rate This”

  22. rhodeszxc says: May 11, 2012 4:50 PM

    He’s a 3 time Academic All-Big Ten. He was finishing his semester before joining the Niners. God help him!

  23. canadian52niner says: May 11, 2012 5:02 PM

    Settle down people. For you that don’t know, Jerry Rice showed up out of shape and with a little bit of an attitude. He was then straightened out by good coaches (like we have now) and had a career every player aspires to match. AJ has the right attitude, Illinois probably didn’t teach him the best workout programs … he will get that in San Fran. This year he will grow and next year he will be a beast!!!

    Niners Forever Baby!!!

  24. ronaldmexico says: May 11, 2012 5:05 PM

    Not off to z good start, but I wouldn’t be so fast to label him as a bust or a lazy guy. I’ll wait to see how he does in the regular season.

  25. kleppnasty says: May 11, 2012 5:17 PM

    Um, it’s May. Calm down, get back to me in August about his conditioning.

  26. tinbender2000 says: May 11, 2012 5:22 PM

    @texan1979.. not Crabtree Jr., this guy showed up for training camp. Crabtree is what 0 for 3 now?

  27. jnova80 says: May 11, 2012 6:11 PM

    A bust because his very first NFL practice didn’t go well? What month is it again?

  28. 4t9er says: May 11, 2012 6:41 PM

    Last year 49ers players were surprised with the intensity of the workouts, this will lke a cold shower to them to wake the up to the reality of the NFL.

  29. sixjak says: May 11, 2012 7:33 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    May 11, 2012 4:39 PM
    Oh oh. Looks like Hairbow may have chosen poorly.


    Oh oh. Looks like you are really immature. 9er fans just know that this story last year wouldn’t have even been a story because nobody cared about the 9ers. On a lesser team like the Saints or Lions he prolly wouldn’t have been winded. Jenkins is discovering the hardcore Harbaugh reality. He’ll buy in soon enough if he hasn’t already.

  30. discosucs2005 says: May 11, 2012 8:18 PM

    I bet Jenkins wishes this had happened after he signed his rookie deal lol.

  31. randallflagg52 says: May 11, 2012 8:24 PM

    I love these 9er fans, one good season and you’d think they were the 9ers of old. Even Cleveland had a good season back in 06 or 07. Play this year like last season and you’ll earn other fan’s respect, until then you are just another team in our books.

  32. decon49 says: May 11, 2012 10:46 PM

    Haters in the building

  33. tatum064 says: May 11, 2012 10:57 PM

    Lovin it!


  34. tatum064 says: May 11, 2012 10:58 PM

    time2speakup says:
    May 11, 2012 4:01 PM
    Hey, that “break-neck”pace worked for a 13-3 record.
    And one fumble on a punt return, blew it in the NFC title game….not to mention 1 reception by Crabs in the 3rd quarter…

  35. detroitcityryda says: May 11, 2012 11:24 PM

    Bust in the making or already a bust Broyels —->> all receivers from
    This years draft .a future hall of famer in round 2 suck it miners with ur bust fat boy just like u will in week 2

  36. sbdt says: May 11, 2012 11:46 PM

    He could be in better shape than Michael Phelps and he’ll still be catching passes from Alex Smith.

  37. joetoronto says: May 12, 2012 6:19 AM

    Moss, Crabtree and Jenkins on the same team, with Alex Smith at QB.

    Good luck with that.

  38. fasteddy415 says: May 12, 2012 9:38 PM

    Wow.. Lots of hate. This is a “Welcome to the NFL moment” Aldon Smith was sucking up wind his first NFL practice and looked slow. 16.5 sacks later…the kid is a beast…!

  39. moseszd says: May 13, 2012 12:29 PM

    lol. Every year hundreds of rookies show up to their first NFL mini-camp. They’re in great shape… For college athletes.

    There these young, in good shape, athletes find out that ‘Professional Athlete’ in shape is not the same as ‘College Athlete’ in shape. And that they’re going to have to take the ‘in shape’ thing to a whole new level when it comes to strength and conditioning.

    And yet, despite this happening every year. There’s always some idiot sportswriter who wants to make it into a big deal.

    Coming in as a lump of dough is a big deal. Coming in like AJ Jenkins, this month’s victim, is not.

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