San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh has publicly defended his first-round draft pick, receiver A.J. Jenkins. But some observers of the 49ers believe that Jenkins is so far down on the depth chart that he’s unlikely to see the field when the regular season starts.
According to CSNBayArea.com, it’s highly unlikely that Jenkins will be among the 46 active players when regular-season games begin.
Harbaugh says he has five No. 1 receivers — Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams — and Jenkins is behind all of them on the depth chart. There’s a good chance the 49ers will only have five receivers active on game days, which would leave Jenkins watching the games in street clothes.
Unless Jenkins does something impressive enough in the preseason to move him up a spot on the depth chart, preseason might be all the playing time Jenkins gets for a while.