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Report: A.J. Jenkins likely to be inactive when the season starts

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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 receiversMichael 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.

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  1. nineroutsider says: Aug 18, 2012 3:19 PM

    Chris Owusu is the one appling the most pressure on this staff. I hope they don’t try to put him on the practice squad because he will get picked up. It will be interesting to see how it plays out, but I think they know they have to keep him. I thought he was a first round talent, but those concussions really hurt him. He will be good.

  2. stonecoldsays says: Aug 18, 2012 3:24 PM

    Fluke. Going no where with Alex Smith. Talk about good defense? No you guys have a great linebacking group, that’s all and that’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.

  3. thehighhat says: Aug 18, 2012 3:37 PM

    Thats a good problem to have: having enough depth to let your first rounder to sit and learn!

  4. jolink653 says: Aug 18, 2012 3:49 PM

    I don’t understand how you can miss that badly on a first round pick…There were so many other better players and even better receivers on the board

  5. oklahomaseahawk says: Aug 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    Harbaugh needs impact players in the 1st round of the draft & Jenkins couldn’t beat out Kyle “I think I got the ball” Williams… Lol!!! Well I know Pete Carroll has no problem with seein talent. Harbaugh will have San Fran back in the slums after a couple drafts lol!!!

  6. rgiii2dc says: Aug 18, 2012 4:10 PM

    Yeah, Harbaugh missed on Aldon Smith in last years draft didn’t he? Arguably the best defensive player considering he wasn’t an every-down pass rusher.

  7. niubears says: Aug 18, 2012 4:19 PM

    Give a roster spot to Nathan Palmer!

    Please inform me Niners fans, how good has NaPalm looked this Training Camp? Practice Squad guy or possible 53-man roster?

  8. goldrush36 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:20 PM

    That reminds me. Haven’t heard anything on that 5th rd talent you took in the top 15 either. You know the “better” Aldon Smith as some of you guys refer to him

  9. youaredelusional says: Aug 18, 2012 4:29 PM

    oklahomaseahawk says:
    Aug 18, 2012 3:51 PM
    Harbaugh needs impact players in the 1st round of the draft & Jenkins couldn’t beat out Kyle “I think I got the ball” Williams… Lol!!! Well I know Pete Carroll has no problem with seein talent. Harbaugh will have San Fran back in the slums after a couple drafts lol!!!

    ————————-

    It’s easy for PC to draft impact players when he is always drafting in the first half of R1. How did he do towards the bottom of R1 that one time? I believe….James Carpenter. And Kyle Williams would be your #1 if he were playing for SEA. Go home.

  10. surferbum01 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    —-and for you OklahomaSeahawk –if you actually knew how well Kyle Williams has been doing this off season you’d think twice about a remark such “well, I know Pete Carroll doesn’t have a problem finding talent…..” …..yes, talent in the street! “Finding” T.O. and signing Braylon Edwards while letting Antonio Bryant go a few weeks before a season starts isn’t exactly possessing an eagle’s eye for talent.

    But let’s get to the crux of all this……Harbaugh has owned……straight OWNED Pete Carroll in college AND the pros and it won’t change. Jenkins isn’t a bust. The contrary. The depth at WR (unlike what the SeaChickens have) is crazy deep and they don’t even need Jenkins to step up at this very moment.

    I better go. I need to go shine the 5 Lombardi trophies sitting in the lobby. How many do you guys have? Sad. Your relevance to the football landscape falls just slightly above the history of the XFL and just below the USFL. The 12th Man raising the flag to perennial mediocrity.

  11. jikkle49 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:36 PM

    Jenkins was drafted with an eye towards the future.

    Moss is on a one year deal, Manningham is on a two year deal, and Crabtree has 2 years left as well. So all this WR depth isn’t going to last long.

    Smart teams draft needs before they become needs and that’s difference between drafting in the top half of the draft year in and year out and consistently making the playoffs year in and year out.

  12. milehigh26 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:41 PM

    Good. He would’ve got shut down by Champ next week.

  13. nineroutsider says: Aug 18, 2012 4:41 PM

    I wouldn’t call Jenkins a “miss”. He showed some flashes in camp and in last week’s game. He is a longer term project and Harbaugh said before the draft that he felt like were playing with “house money” this year so he won’t mind developmental projects like Jenkins.

    Let’s reserve judgment on AJ for at least a season…

    Lastly, “the haters” should be viewed as a compliment and nothing worth responding to. All of the contending franchises get trolled religiously on here so we better get used to it. Go 9ers!

  14. jcbadger34 says: Aug 18, 2012 4:49 PM

    LOL….remember when Harbaugh was angry at the press for calling him a reach and saying he was struggling in camp?

    I wonder if he’ll apologize to them when Jenkins is buried on the depth chart. My prediction is……no. He’ll just continue to act like a jerk.

  15. jcbadger34 says: Aug 18, 2012 5:22 PM

    I see the Niners fans trying to defend the pick by saying things like “Well, he was picked with an eye towards the future!”

    If your first round pick isn’t among the 5 best players at his position on the team, then he wasn’t worth a first round pick. Most teams only keep 5 receivers on their 53 man roster, so now the Niners have to waste a roster space on a sixth receiver who won’t even see the field unless a couple guys get injured.

    I’m not even saying Jenkins is a bust. He’s obviously got some potential, and we won’t know for a few years whether he’ll be a good player.

    The point is, this was a guy who would have certainly been available in the second round, and maybe even the third. You could have used that first round pick on a guy who could actually see the field this year and have an impact, and you could have still got Jenkins. Or you could have traded down and got more picks, and still got Jenkins.

    This is the text-book definition of a REACH. And the fact that you guys seemingly can’t understand it is hilarious.

  16. spfinne says: Aug 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    @oaklahomaseahawk
    yeah because pete carroll really has the seahawks climbing in the standings. LOL!!! you must have been reading last years NFC west standings upside down. who is your qb anyway?? wilson? Flynn?? Jackson?? oh wait….they all suck equally as bad. have fun with pete and your 6-10 record again this year while the niners win the division again. pete carroll is a joke and the entire league, especially current coach of the year jim harbaugh knows it.

  17. sportfanz says: Aug 18, 2012 5:53 PM

    Oh well…Coach “jerk” has a team that is a favorite to contend for another Superbowl. Love that Jerk!

  18. hollywoodhulkhoginsays says: Aug 18, 2012 5:56 PM

    as a redskins fan i would love to see him on the practice squad and the skins pick him up.
    the skins need all the help they can get to keep ‘bob’ griffin from being the jemarcus russell-esque type bust he is destined to be.

  19. pop562 says: Aug 18, 2012 6:01 PM

    Oh no someone just called Harbaugh a jerk…winning coach of the year as a rookie and turn a 6-10 team to 13-3…yeah he’s a jerk for doing that, darn.

  20. surferbum01 says: Aug 18, 2012 6:29 PM

    jcbadger34—-this has nothing to do with not understanding what constitutes a reach. In EVERY draft so-called “can’t miss” prospects always surface while other “below the radar” prospects surface in the same surprise. Calling a WR a reach BEFORE a single game has even been played is just as hilarious as you thinking we don’t get it. Even better is the fact that you clearly don’t get or even ruminate on the fact that drafting players is ALWAYS subjective….always! Hence why there are busts who were can’t miss prospects. Taking a player at the near bottom of the first round at 30 is almost like taking a player in the 2nd round anyways. Let’s just talk at mid-season THEN we can start talking about busts. Until then….we’ll just let the likes of a super bowl hero (Manningham), Straight Cash Homey HOFer Moss do the rep’ing for now.

  21. edavidberg says: Aug 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    There are a lot of NFL players that came into camp out of shape as rookies. I can recall Ryan Mathews did that.

    It is not a positive so far, but he still has the physical talent to be a #1 receiver in this league. Just keep his struggles in perspective.

  22. deangelo23hall says: Aug 18, 2012 6:49 PM

    Well, good thing they used their 1st round pick on a guy thats not even gonna contribute.

  23. golfnutt67 says: Aug 18, 2012 6:51 PM

    I do belive that Balke Not Harbs in the GM…….just saying

  24. rickyspanish says: Aug 18, 2012 6:52 PM

    49er fans are getting scared of the Seahawks. We have real hope in Seattle, Slippery Pete set a nuclear bomb on the Seahawks old roster and has built it back in his image. And for all of you smugly saying “how did Pete do in the draft?”, Carpenter may not have been the best choice, but how about Earl Thomas, Cam Chancelor, KJ Wright, Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman? On top of turning Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Brandon Browner and Marshawn Lynch into monsters? Slippery Pete’s secondary residence is in the wrongfully entitled 49er fans’ head.

  25. oldbloodstegosaurus says: Aug 18, 2012 7:12 PM

    @jcbadger34

    “The point is, this was a guy who would have certainly been available in the second round, and maybe even the third. You could have used that first round pick on a guy who could actually see the field this year and have an impact, and you could have still got Jenkins. Or you could have traded down and got more picks, and still got Jenkins.”

    That is EXTREMELY presumptuous. You’re hung up on round number but think of it as pick number. The niners thought he was worthy of pick 29, another team would certainly thought of him worthy of a pick before number 58 (when the niners picked again). Just because he was under the national media radar doesn’t mean he was a low rated player. After the draft there were reports of the Rams being very high on him at pick number 33. You’re using Madden logic thinking that a trade can just automagically happen just because you want it to.

    “If your first round pick isn’t among the 5 best players at his position on the team, then he wasn’t worth a first round pick. Most teams only keep 5 receivers on their 53 man roster, so now the Niners have to waste a roster space on a sixth receiver who won’t even see the field unless a couple guys get injured.”

    This is a testament to our depth. Maybe it is a luxury pick but it’s barely a first rounder. The only starter spot that a pick at 29 would realistically be able to challenge on the 49ers would be at RG. I have no doubt that if they had a player that they liked at RG they would have drafted him. They didn’t. Any WR would be in the same spot as Jenkins, the only other”need” areas, where a rookie would be expected to have a serious contribution, would be DB depth as a dimeback, really. 4 out of the 5 WR’s higher than Jenkins on the depth chart will likely be gone in 2 years. If we don’t pre-emptively re-tool we’re going to have a bad time. Having Jenkins prevents us from having to draft a WR over a player we have rated higher in the future when we might have more areas of need than we do now. It’s about having a player we like and having flexibility in the future. Calling that a wasted roster spot is Madden logic and slavery to group-think player evaluation. I’m glad my team has bigger goals than to get a thumbs up from people like you.

  26. sixjak says: Aug 18, 2012 7:30 PM

    ^^^^^Uhhh not really but you keep dreaming, delusional seahags fan. Slippery Pete is doomed to an eternity of uttering “What’s your deal?” to Harbaugh after they play the 9ers.

  27. thegreatonesays says: Aug 18, 2012 7:32 PM

    Hmmm slippery Pete as you call him took over a 5-11 team and took them to 7-9 twice while getting rid of the only real QB they had. Jim took over a 6-10 team and brought in a 13-3 record and a team a play away from the Superbowl. While he was at it, they maximized potential of Navarro Bowman who made All Pro honors… Alex Smith, enough said there. Carlos Rogers, Donte Whitner, Aldon Smith, Bruce Miller, Chris Culliver, Ray McDonald, Kendall Hunter, Isaac Sopoaga, Tarell Brown, Dashon Goldson, Ahmad Brooks, and Joe Staley. A group of guys considered reaches, over-achievers, under-achievers, busts and has beens. Gee you see how that works? Oh and for the record Baalke chose Jenkins not Harbaugh

  28. LoCoSu@%s says: Aug 18, 2012 7:40 PM

    Who cares what the naysayers think. The fans are all about instant gratification while the 49ers brass are all about overall health of the team. They may not be right all the time (anyone seen consecutive Belichicks drafts that sucked big time as well some that were bases loaded home runs?).
    Picking on a single pick to point out the 9ers demise is called —– well — a reach by the fans.

    Can’t assess a draft pick for a couple of years.

  29. skilaufenhase says: Aug 18, 2012 8:15 PM

    49ers are smart enough to play their best players.

  30. 49erstim says: Aug 18, 2012 8:19 PM

    Nothing like that Seahawk love to make me laugh. you spent moments of your life commenting on the depth of the 9ers at WR and pretending it is a BAD thing! Silly SeaChicken fans.

  31. floridaboy619 says: Aug 18, 2012 8:25 PM

    All these 49ers fans talk like they have WR depth like the Packers or Steelers (assuming Wallace shows up). Besides Crabtree they have a group of average WR’s. Its not like he’s tryna crack a lineup with Megatron, Ftiz, Jennings, and Wallace ahead of him.

  32. superseahawk says: Aug 18, 2012 8:31 PM

    If this Jenkins fellow doesn’t work out, big deal, the 49ers are a solid team as much as it pains me to say. Hard to call him a bust before he’s done anything, it’s all speculation from the media.

  33. mgdsquiggy17 says: Aug 18, 2012 9:44 PM

    “The point is, this was a guy who would have certainly been available in the second round, and maybe even the third. ”

    Really? You know what every other teams draft board was genius? I seem to remember an article where they said the Rams were looking at him in Round 2. Even if not I find it hard to believe you’d know for certain he would have been there in Round 2 and Round 3.

  34. spzzie says: Aug 19, 2012 9:08 AM

    Im a niners fan and was disappointed when the pick was made. With this news im even more disappointed

  35. freshmanfame says: Aug 19, 2012 11:01 PM

    It’s so funny how Seahawks fans are on OUR website trying to say we’re afraid of Seattle. All I’ve been hearing is what is going to happen instead of you “Hopeful in Seattle” fans showing us some results. You got to the playoffs in 2010 as a consultation and picked up a lucky win over a banged up New Orleans team playing on the road. When you guys go 13-3 while sweeping us for the year, then maybe “Slippery Pete” will deserve some credit. To say he is the reason Marshawn is a beast is a joke, and a blind man could see that Earl Thomas was going to be a dominant safety, show me what he does with players that no one else already sees….like what was previously said, it’s easy to draft when you’re picking in the first ten picks every year.

    What you Seachicken fans don’t see is that the fact that A.J. Jenkins isn’t even going to see the field means we are poised to be much better than a team drafting for hopeful immediate impact. We knew he was an undersized future pick with a lot of upside so none of us who knew that are surprised. We will be surprised if the same thing happens next year, which I highly doubt!

    Bottom line: Seahawks fans like OklahomaSeahawk and jcbadger34 are afraid to admit that we are truly on the cusp of a dynasty which means that they will be back in their home spot of one of the most disappointing franchises ever…..with no rings. How can you guys even talk on our website with no true support, lol. You guys just take all of our trash, which is why u hope we let Kyle Williams go, so you can scoop him up like Mike Rob, J Peterson, McClueless and PLENTY more, including a wayyyyy past-prime Jerry Rice.

    GET A CLUE!!!!

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