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A.J. Jenkins: It’s one preseason game, no reason to panic

A.J. Jenkins, Duke Ihenacho, Robert Ayers AP

Last year, 49ers receiver A.J. Jenkins was perhaps the NFL’s most disappointing first-round draft pick, failing to catch a single pass all season. This year, Jenkins started the preseason by catching one pass, and promptly fumbling. So is Jenkins worried that he’s running out of opportunities?

Not at all: Jenkins says it’s just the first preseason game, and there’s plenty of time to get things sorted out.

“Hopefully, I’ve made some strides,” Jenkins said, via CSNBayArea.com. “It’s the first preseason game. We have three more games left. It’s a long year. No need to panic and get all discouraged. Just got to keep watching film.”

If it really were just one preseason game, Jenkins would be right that there’s no reason to panic. But it’s not just one preseason game. It’s 16 regular-season games and three postseason games last year in which Jenkins failed to have any impact whatsoever. If Jenkins can’t prove himself in a hurry, it’s entirely possible that he won’t even make the 53-man roster this season.

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72 Responses to “A.J. Jenkins: It’s one preseason game, no reason to panic”
  1. ososrule says: Aug 9, 2013 1:36 PM

    True response of a BUST!

  2. toddm1016 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:36 PM

    49ers aren’t going to cut a first-round pick after one year.

  3. jhein23 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    Big ol Bust

  4. sandblastermoron says: Aug 9, 2013 1:37 PM

    “Hopefully, I’ve made some strides,”

    The only stides you will be making is sliding out the front door!!!!!

  5. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Aug 9, 2013 1:38 PM

    I don’t know why people are so worried that he won’t step up. He has already replaced Ted Ginn perfectly.

  6. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 9, 2013 1:40 PM

    You suck and everyone knows it.

  7. tjacks7 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    You were inactive and ineffective all of last year. Considering you’re becoming a clear bust with each day that passes, I think there should be at least a little reason to panic. Don’t think you can’t get cut yet.

  8. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    Agreed he hasn’t made any impact on the team as of yet. If he doesn’t shape up in the next 3 weeks I can entirely see him getting cut. But until then I’ll be rooting for him, more so to improve.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  9. reporterofthetruth says: Aug 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    A.J.’s Momma said he’s a good boy, so leave him alone.

  10. descendency says: Aug 9, 2013 1:45 PM

    I watched part of that game (not a fan of either team) and he looked lost out there. His route running was poor. His awareness was poor.

    If I didn’t know who he was, I would have thought he was a UDFA trying to make the roster. It’s a good thing he was a first rounder, or he’d be on his way.

  11. overweightman says: Aug 9, 2013 1:47 PM

    LEEEEEEEERRRROOOOOOOOYYYYYY JEENNNNNKINNNNNNNS!!!!!!!!

  12. sportsbastard says: Aug 9, 2013 1:48 PM

    Given the Crabtree injury and the fact that he was a high selection by the current regime, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t make the 53

  13. wringworm says: Aug 9, 2013 1:49 PM

    “No need to panic and get all discouraged. ”

    TRANSLATION: “Imma first round pick, I got PAID!”

  14. bennyb82 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:49 PM

    Hopefully he realizes the opportunity he has with Crabtree out. Gotta make the most of it because there will come a point where if he is not playing, other teams may assume there is a good reason why.

  15. razoreater2013 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    Coach said he needs playing time. I would force feed him the ball the next 3 games to see if that gets him going. If you give up on the kid this year, the team will incur a 4 million cap hit. Not sure they’d do that….

  16. 49faithful says: Aug 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    “Just got to keep watching film.”

    __________________________________

    Noooooooooooo this was Sing’s excuse, now it official he is a bust.

  17. 1oldpro says: Aug 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    This guy may not be a bust, but he is proof that the Niners still have some mistakes to correct before they are canonized. No offense to the Saint’s of course.

  18. catholic9ersfan says: Aug 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    I remember people saying Crabtree was a bust, look how that turned out. It’s only been 1 year people c’mon.

  19. jda129 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    Watch more game film? Just catch the ball and don’t fumble it when it’s thrown to you!

  20. bennyb82 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    It is hard to feel bad for any guy on an NFL roster but Jenkins did not enter the league in a good situation. It may have been good for the 49ers but not him. He had 4 or 5 guys ahead of him who were going to be the main receivers the entire year. How unmotivational is that? Obviously it still falls on him…but if he went an entire year without regular playing time, that would throw a lot of guys off.

  21. floratiotime says: Aug 9, 2013 1:55 PM

    “I remember people saying Crabtree was a bust, look how that turned out. ”

    Ummmmmm …

  22. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 9, 2013 2:02 PM

    Nice reach mr bigmouth Harbaugh. What a clown.

  23. trollhammer20 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    “It’s just one game, on top of a full rookie season where I was practically invisible, in spite of the team really needing for someone to step it up and provide a credible threat outside of Crabtree after Manningham went down. And yet, in the playoffs last year, the coaching staff drew up and called a play to a guy who had been on the streets a month before, and didn’t even throw my way.”

    Guess that was a bit wordy, wasn’t it.

  24. surfinbird1 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    “No reason to panic” Gottta wonder how Bill Walsh would have thought of that.

  25. jayniner says: Aug 9, 2013 2:05 PM

    What’s the fastest way to turn a college student into a lazy ass NFL player?

    A 4-year, $6.9 million contract, that’s how…

  26. marvin49 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:09 PM

    Just to be real for a sec….

    …Jenkins has been disappointing so far…no doubt…but he was getting open last night. The QBs weren’t throwing him the ball. In addition, those same QBs (outside of Kaep who played with the starting line) were getting NO protection from the backup tackles. Poor Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien had DE in their laps all night.

    So far as I could tell, Jenkins could be held accontable for the fumble, but he’s a deep threat speed reciever and the QB was getting crushed before he could even make his break.

  27. hanifmiller says: Aug 9, 2013 2:18 PM

    A.J is right–the 49ers dont have any reason to panic nor do 49ers fans. But you AJ you should be crapping bricks at this point. And I used the word crapping so that the moderators would put my comment through.

  28. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    catholic9ersfan says:
    Aug 9, 2013 1:53 PM
    I remember people saying Crabtree was a bust, look how that turned out. It’s only been 1 year people c’mon.

    _______________________________

    Horrible example. People called Crab’s a bust because he wasn’t putting up 1400 yards and 10 TDs which is typical for a receiver of the pedigree of receiver Crabs is.

    Jenkins is your 1% 1st round pick fear. The problem right now is that so much of the fan base just doesn’t see that Jenkins is mentally too soft to be an NFL receiver. He is timid. He runs the wrong routes too often. He hasn’t made large strides that should be VERY manifest of a 2nd year 1 round pick who has had as much coaching as you can get.

    This coaching staff will admit its wrongs….cut Jenkins and move on IF they believe he is untrustworthy. It should be noted the UDFA Chad Hall showed he was BOTH trustworthy in receiving AND punt returns. Neither of which Jenkins has shown ANY inclination.

  29. jayniner says: Aug 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    Nobody called Crabtree a BUST…..we called him a Primadonna and a lot of expletives for holding out his rookie season for a fat contract…..

  30. phelbin says: Aug 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    I really hope this kid was smart with his money and didn’t blow the $3.5 million signing bonus, cause he’s not going to get too much more than that.

  31. hanifmiller says: Aug 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    I remember people saying Crabtree was a bust, look how that turned out. ”

    Ummmmmm …
    __________________________________
    Crabtree’s rookie season: 48 catches for 625 yards=some potential

    AJ Jenkin’s rookie season: 3 games –0 receptions for 0 yards = bust

    Jenkins couldn’t even get on the field there is no comparison. Sorry.

  32. stampede101 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    People said Crabtree was a bust after year one. Bottom line…i’m glad PFT commenters aren’t the GM of the 49ers.

  33. eastcoastninerfan says: Aug 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    Can we try and kid ourselves and say that he’s a two year red shirt? SMH, frustrated……but love the comment on him perfectly replacing Teddy Gin, funny :)

  34. clarkisgod says: Aug 9, 2013 2:33 PM

    This is the exact reason why the NFL had to put a cap on rookie contracts.

  35. edmonton49ers says: Aug 9, 2013 2:33 PM

    quick, hill, jeffery, and broyles followed him in the 2nd round. simply a weak wr draft

  36. northstarnic says: Aug 9, 2013 2:37 PM

    Troy Williamson 2.0

  37. dkarras84 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:38 PM

    Crabtree had a bad rookie season I think he deserves the preseason before the bust title but if he still can’t provide any sign of improvement he’s outta there

  38. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:55 PM

    Under the old CBA there would be no reason to panic. Under this CBA you can drop a low 1st round pick like a bad habit

    AJ’s not a Harbaugh guy. Harbaugh likes players to compete to the extreme…. Much like his QB actually. AJ’s the farthest thing from a competitor He was perfectly fine sitting on the bench last year and waiting his turn.In the NFL and America in general there are no “turns” you gotta take your spot. He’s not built like that.

    Until the 49ers successfully develop a WR..I’m gonna charge AJ’s bust status to their coaching staff though. Crabtree developed himself after 4 years in the League.

  39. nflguythetruthdotnfl says: Aug 9, 2013 2:55 PM

    Football teams are like stock portfolios. You have solid players, up-and-comers, and losers. If my portfolio is up 30%, you can sell the losers (Jenkins) with out pissing off your client (fans) because you have credibility.

    Try cutting away the losers when your account is down 30%….everyone notices.

    Bye Bye Jenkins

  40. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 9, 2013 2:57 PM

    Right response.

  41. coltzfan166 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:58 PM

    Keep in mind that it took Crabtree awhile to get with it too. He’ll be fine.

  42. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    Reality is the 49ers are thin at WR (see their signings this week) so this young WR with the salary he has and lack of anyone else on the roster to knock him off will make the 53 roster. Now if he was an UDFA…I could see him cut quite easily…

  43. sisqsage says: Aug 9, 2013 3:11 PM

    Why waste so much Internet on this guy? Even if he was producing, he would be behind in receptions to frontliners like Boldin, Davis and Frank Gore, and obviously Crabtree when he gets back. He is not expected to be a centerpiece, and not worthy of this much attention. He is a struggling young receiver who appears to have a confidence problem. That’s about it. Not very interesting at this point. He was projected to be a late first to an early second round pick, which is the area where he got picked. BFD. The more important story is the Niners may not have any good answers to backup Kap. If he goes down, then it could be a BFD. McCoy didn’t look so hot and now he’s injured. Tolzien is a scout team QB. Not much there to have confidence in. Harbaugh’s said already there’s no clear No. 2. Wouldn’t be surprised if they made a move to get another QB. Like to see more of BJ Daniels. He has a much better arm than the other two and is much more athletic.

  44. schmitty2 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    No reason panic? Some of the CB’s they will face this year:

    1.Richard Sherman
    2.Brandon Browner
    3.Janoris Jenkins
    4.Cortland Finnegan
    5.Patrick Peterson

    and thats just the teams in his own division

  45. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:17 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 2:55 PM
    Until the 49ers successfully develop a WR..I’m gonna charge AJ’s bust status to their coaching staff though. Crabtree developed himself after 4 years in the
    —————————————————

    You’re wrong. The 49ers haven’t invested a whole lot of attention to the WR corp aside from the drafting of Jenkins and Patton. All other receivers are from deep at the end of the draft or FAs because other areas were of more pressing importance.

    Put this on the staff all you want but there’s no reason to think that considering Lockette looked good, Hall looked good, Moore looked good and others….except for Jenkins.

    The fact is every year there are 1st round picks who simply couldn’t handle the rigors of the NFL. For whatever reason they had the talent but the ‘it’ factor wasn’t there.

    To whit……..Aaron Curry and he was a top tier 1st rounder.

    It happens.

  46. axespray says: Aug 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    It’s a good thing the NFL cleared up those crazy 1st round rookie contracts…

    AJ isn’t costing his team a ton of salary cap room like a Justin Harrell or Jamarcus Russell.

  47. sprint16right87option says: Aug 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    @sisqsage – I don’t think this is a waste of Internet; it’s shaping up to be a fascinating story: could A.J. Jenkins become the biggest first round bust ever?

    Classic busts like Leaf, Aundray Bruce, Mandarich, JaMarcus etc. all at least made starts, even if only for organizational credibility. Leaf and Purple Drank caused problems for their organizations and had net negative production. But right now A.J. has *only* negative production.

    Starts (reg + pre season) – 0
    Games active (reg season) – 3
    Thrown at (reg season) – 1 (hit in hands, in stride, dropped)
    Receptions (reg + pre season) – 1 (fumbled)

    He looks like the worst WR on the team right now and doesn’t play special teams, so unless there’s a serious cap hit he seems likely to get cut, so his entire reg season production could be that one drop.

    BTW let’s not overlook the play where Chad Hall – 5’8”, in the media guide – ran in front of AJ and caught a ball intended for him (I was in the stands so correct me if that looked different on TV). I don’t know if there is a stat for that, but I believe WRs are not supposed to let other players (who in most cases would be defenders) run in front of them and catch the ball. Perhaps especially guys the size of Pop Warner players.

    Rashaun Woods played in 14 games, catching seven passes for 160 yards. A.J., the bar is low. I hope you get over it.

  48. supremekingz says: Aug 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    As Warren Sapp would say, “They were just about to label him a B-U-S-…”

    Maybe they should move him to Left Defensive End where he can line up over the Right Tackle

  49. sscl8888 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:46 PM

    Clearly this guy does not fit harbaughs blue collar passion for football ideals. Walsh would dump this guy quick. One wonders if he can’t because Baalkes ” folly” as they dubbed aj last year, would make the GM look even worse. If that’s true, what a stupid way to run a franchise, baalke should admit last years off Eason fa and draft was miserable , learn from it ( fire the wr scouts for goodness sakes) and move on !

  50. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 9, 2013 3:50 PM

    Picks like this make the Julio Jones trade look better and better.

  51. gudy2shoes says: Aug 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    The Front door? Use the back Sucka! They don’t want anyone Knowin you wuz ever there. GO HAWKS

  52. raideralex99 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    ZERO catches first year for a first rounder is a BUST.
    Thank God for the JaMarcus rule.

  53. afcdomination says: Aug 9, 2013 4:54 PM

    jon Baldwin is a likely bust, and he DOMINATES practice.

    this guy can’t even do well in practice. Jenkins is the ultimate bust. he’s buster davis

  54. dacoolnamesweretaken says: Aug 9, 2013 5:02 PM

    What happened to the niner fans that refused to accept that he was a reach in the first round? The pick had bust written all over before he ever played.

  55. goldrush36 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:15 PM

    1. Whats all this Crabtree bad 1st season nonsense? He played 10 games and averaged just under 5 receptions and 65 yds a game.. in a complete joke of an offense and was an immediate starter despite having his playbook a whopping 8 days. Wasn’t a superstar but that’s not at all terrible.

    2. This comparison is all for not because you can bank on Quentin Patton taking the #2 job here before too long

  56. hawkstradamus says: Aug 9, 2013 5:55 PM

    Kaep and smith aside, the 9ers haven’t drafted very well in the Harbaugh era. Here’s to your rapid decline whiner fans. Time to get off the bandwagon and hibernate for a couple more decades.

  57. jrazz22 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:23 PM

    hawkstradamus
    Aug 9, 2013, 2:55 PM PDT
    Kaep and smith aside, the 9ers haven’t drafted very well in the Harbaugh era. Here’s to your rapid decline whiner fans. Time to get off the bandwagon and hibernate for a couple more decades.
    ——————————————————–
    If you actually looked at the players they drafted, you’d see that what you said wasn’t true. But you’re a typical turd Seahawk fan who ignores facts like usual. Time for you to get off the bandwagon and go into hibernation like the franchise has been since it came into the league.

  58. thisisthenfl1 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:25 PM

    AJ AJ AJ your NFL opportunity is “slipping” right
    through your hands.

  59. theuglitruth says: Aug 9, 2013 6:50 PM

    Not really AJ’s fault….the 9ers brass selected him with their 1st round pick….he was easily ranked as a lower round draft pick. Nice job 9ers!

  60. pftisterrible says: Aug 9, 2013 7:05 PM

    I don’t understand why the 49ers front office is so highly regarded. Except for LaMichael James, their 2012 draft was a complete waste. They did a poor job planning to replace departing players and now have a joke of a receiving corps and a rookie starting at free safety.

  61. jonkchar says: Aug 9, 2013 7:11 PM

    lol. go ‘Hawks

  62. igocommando says: Aug 9, 2013 7:28 PM

    Was this a recent quote or from last year. Last year, no problem. This year, ……..sounds like a problem.

  63. bobhk says: Aug 9, 2013 8:07 PM

    @jonkchar says:
    Aug 9, 2013 7:11 PM
    lol. go ‘Hawks

    ————-
    Why don’t you worry about your bust: Carpenter

  64. northbynw27 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:09 PM

    Oh Jim Harbaugh..such a GENIUS!! What a fantastic talent evaluator! Guess what..most of these guys that are pro bowlers for the 40 Whiners are Singletary draftees.

  65. hawkstradamus says: Aug 9, 2013 8:24 PM

    @northbynw27
    So true, the window is slamming shut on the whiners and they know it. That’s why they brought in an over the hill re-tread like Anquan Boldwin. Patrick Willis is getting brittle and Justin Smith can only “hold on” (pun intended) for another few years, while Aldin Smith turns into the disappearing man without him. Mike Itupalliwhatever will walk in FA for big money, (probably Paul Allen $$)
    Frank Gore is over thirty and Willie Beamem is gonna come back down to earth this year.

  66. citynative says: Aug 9, 2013 10:07 PM

    Seahawks fans think the head coach does the drafting. Good knowledge.

  67. 4ever9er says: Aug 9, 2013 10:11 PM

    @sprint16right87option says: Aug 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    BTW let’s not overlook the play where Chad Hall – 5’8”, in the media guide – ran in front of AJ and caught a ball intended for him (I was in the stands so correct me if that looked different on TV). I don’t know if there is a stat for that, but I believe WRs are not supposed to let other players (who in most cases would be defenders) run in front of them and catch the ball. Perhaps especially guys the size of Pop Warner players.
    —————————————————-
    Unless Jenkins has eyes in the back of his head he never saw Hall who came from behind him. Also the ball was slightly behind him as well and he was adjusting to the ball. Other than the fumble he didn’t have a lot of bad plays as people are saying. While he only caught one, he didn’t drop any. Hall, McDonald and a couple of others dropped passes last night. The only reason people are piling on is because he was drafted at the end of the 1st round. It’s not like they gave away picks and moved up to draft him! My prediction is if he remains healthy he will catch between 25-35 receptions and 3 TDs this season.

  68. sfniners4life says: Aug 10, 2013 12:44 AM

    I’m not ready to call him a bust yet. Based on the thought a 1st rd pick should be a starter day 1 then yes. But this kid as I point out young kid got the ability that can’t be taught. I believe if the coaching staff can reach him and its showing in practice I think undoubtedly he be here this season. I do believe hall or collie may even beat him out for the 4th spot though.

  69. sharksfan97 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:24 AM

    Let’s give the guy a full opportunity this season. We have to live with Crabtree’s injury. Hopefully everyone calling him a bust and clamoring to pull the plug can take a step back, take a deep breath and just let the guy play. Take the microscope off the guy for a bit and let’s see if over the course of the next several weeks he can make some catches and gain some confidence. It looks like he’s physically gifted, but the bigger challenge will be confidence. If 49er fans want to help their cause, they’ll get off this guy’s back and give him a chance to develop a little confidence. The alternative Niner fans? Continue tearing him apart and then you have one less potential solution at wideout!

  70. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:35 AM

    hawkstradamus says:
    Aug 9, 2013 8:24 PM
    @northbynw27
    So true, the window is slamming shut on the whiners and they know it. That’s why they brought in an over the hill re-tread like Anquan Boldwin. Patrick Willis is getting brittle and Justin Smith can only “hold on” (pun intended) for another few years, while Aldin Smith turns into the disappearing man without him. Mike Itupalliwhatever will walk in FA for big money, (probably Paul Allen $$)
    Frank Gore is over thirty and Willie Beamem is gonna come back down to earth this year.

    ________________________________

    37 years…………………..ZERO hardware.

  71. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:13 PM

    hawkstradamus says: According to the so-called experts, the 49ers had a good draft. Probably the same ones who think the 49ers have a shot at winning the SB. Not. Are these guys ever right. 9 out of 10 shouldn’t even have a job. The only reason they do is because they were newspaper delivery boys who delivered for their local paper. Now they just type on the internet and can’t even spell correctly, let alone know what they’re talking about.

  72. sscl8888 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    Aj , at least Crabtree and r woods caught a pass their rookie season, you could not., on a team with starting wr on ir. you should run for politics, then ignorant people will listen to you make excuses and blame others for your incompetence. This is professional sports , your nobody unless you can do it on the field. It amazes me Harbaugh puts up with you shiddy attitude, put up or shut up.

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