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A.J. Jenkins struggles in practice, may not make 49ers’ roster

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

Could the 49ers really cut their 2012 first-round draft pick before the 2013 regular season? That’s a question being raised in San Francisco as receiver A.J. Jenkins continues to struggle.

Jenkins, who didn’t catch a single pass as a rookie and fumbled the only pass he caught in last week’s preseason opener, was the only receiver on the roster who didn’t catch any passes in Monday’s practice, either in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

Teammates and coaches are continuing to say they believe in Jenkins, and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said after the preseason opener, “A.J. does a lot of really good things. He’s just got to continue to work and get better day by day.”

Still, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News raises the question of whether 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke will decide to cut his losses and release Jenkins when the 49ers have to finalize their 53-man roster. At this point, if the 49ers keep Jenkins, it’s probably just because cutting a first-round pick after one season is something that simply isn’t done in the NFL. Based purely on merit, Jenkins doesn’t belong.

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  1. jwcarlson says: Aug 13, 2013 6:52 AM

    How can you miss this big in the first round? Guy can’t even catch passes in practice?!

  2. irvin12589 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:52 AM

    You in most cases do not waste a first rounder on a “developmental” player. A first rounder especially at Receiver should be able to step in and contribute right away. Should he be a Jerry Rice or Megatron? No absolutely not, but should he be able to make say 30-50 catches for 600+ yards in a rookie season? without a doubt. Good thing the Niners have 432697280 picks in every draft, losing this guy doesn’t really hurt. Cut him cut your losses and move on.

  3. swaggyy says: Aug 13, 2013 6:53 AM

    Nice pick Baalke. That guy is such an overrated GM. Look at that roster and its core players. 3/4 of the guys that make that team good were not drafted or signed by him. I’ll give him props on Iupati and A Davis, but they were obvious first round picks which isn’t that hard to mess up IMO. Kaepernick was all Harbaugh. What really has this guy done? Navarro Bowman? Is that it? Just had to point that out there.

  4. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 13, 2013 7:00 AM

    Huge bust.

  5. swaggyy says: Aug 13, 2013 7:00 AM

    Oh actually nevermind Bowman was before Baalke was officially GM huh. Okay he got Aldon Smith. Another obvious can’t miss 1st rounder. Btw wow the niners WRs are not good at all! Ouch

  6. souldogdave says: Aug 13, 2013 7:10 AM

    HaHa whiff

  7. tooz72 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:11 AM

    never knew why they drafted this clown in the first place, especially so high..i mean Illinois? come on man

  8. michaelwone says: Aug 13, 2013 7:14 AM

    Oh my, the super franchise made a mistake?? Say it isn’t so.

  9. leftygun says: Aug 13, 2013 7:18 AM

    It will never happen -Harbaugh’s ego is too big to admit such a colossal failure

  10. allhailkingflacco says: Aug 13, 2013 7:20 AM

    You win some, you lose some.

  11. bigmike7914 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:31 AM

    As a person that played football, and has been to a couple of coaches clinics, I once asked a very prominent position coach as to why wr is so tough to transition in to the NFL and he said this ” Its all about the qb trusting a young player enough to throw him the ball, but all in all thats the only way you’ll know if you got a stud or dud forget about rout running we can teach him that, forget about blocking we can teach him that, in the course of 15 throws to his side you’ll know everything, the biggest mistake a franchise or coaching staff can make is to give up on a wr that you have seen dominate once before, because if that kid isnt dominating or playing at a high level now that means you’ve failed to put him in a position to succeed.”

  12. andrewluck12 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:32 AM

    love the colts to take a flyer on him. the guy has tons of talent and potential. maybe he’s just not cut out to play in THAT kind of offense

  13. pencilmonkeymagic says: Aug 13, 2013 7:38 AM

    They traded their 2010 2nd round pick for a 7th in 2011. Not such a great leap to imagine this happening.

  14. northbynw27 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:44 AM

    Swwwwiiiinnng and a miss.

  15. leonbryte says: Aug 13, 2013 7:46 AM

    I thought he was 1 0f 5 “Number 1″ receivers, right Jim?

  16. hansenbrothers says: Aug 13, 2013 7:50 AM

    I remember when they drafted him and I was like “who?”, he’s pretty much lived up to that reputation

  17. wingsnwater says: Aug 13, 2013 7:58 AM

    Makes sense..9rs were the only people on the planet that thought Jenkins was a first round talent

  18. hawksfan3737 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:00 AM

    LOL, I hope 49ers fansremember this next time they but Seahawks fans chops about trading a #1 for Percy Harvin…..at least Harvin will get on the field some time this year.

  19. lgbarn says: Aug 13, 2013 8:00 AM

    I hope he blocks really well since that worked for me.

    -Michael Clayton

  20. jonkchar says: Aug 13, 2013 8:10 AM

    Seriously, they are a great team but #1? Come on..

  21. virginia9er says: Aug 13, 2013 8:14 AM

    There is zero chance he is cut. The salary cap hit for the next 3 years would prevent the resigning of one of our top players….kae, Aldon, Crabs, iupati all are up for negotiations after the season. AJ will stay on the roster as he costs around a mill. Just sucks he will take a spot on the 53 man roster….hopefully things will turn around.

    Media and the Fans want that instant gratification. Sometimes players need to develop. However, if you cant develop w Harbs and Kaep, you probably never will

  22. cubancigar10 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:15 AM

    Ted Ginn ,ust have tutored him!!

  23. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:15 AM

    5 months ago I lambasted Jenkins on another site stating it was a “remote” possibility that he wouldn’t even make the roster this season. Naturally all of the armchair “experts” had to remind me that “teams never cut a 1st round pick from the year before!”……………………

    I told them “they do IF the player is showing zero to very minimal improvement when he is being given the best coaching, the best instructions and the best overall situation to be successful and still doesn’t improve.” The best organizations who want to sustain success admit their mistakes and press on. They don’t mess around for “2-3 years to see if they can get into his upside.”

    To say “I told you so” seems childish but necessary.

  24. Kaz says: Aug 13, 2013 8:15 AM

    Baalke reputation is def hurt if he cuts Jenkins.

  25. irepdabay says: Aug 13, 2013 8:21 AM

    I think people are just jumping the gun. who recalls how hard we were on Crabtree, now he is oe of the top wideouts and no doubt we need him, or not to long ago Alex smith, who took us to the NFC championship game. but no doubt I am a Kappy Fan.

  26. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:21 AM

    @Swaggy—-

    Balke is an exceptional GM. He did what any GM would’ve done who was picking late in the first round (because of the season’s prior success!). Jenkins was a bit of a reach in the 1st but they were picking so late he might as well be a glorified high-end second round pick.

    BTW….Aldon Smith wasn’t a no-brainer. In fact no team had him on their boards that high as a first round pick due to broken leg he played on the following year.

    The term “get a clue” applies to you and collectively your life I suspect.

  27. mattsffrd says: Aug 13, 2013 8:21 AM

    I’m the biggest Niners fan I know, and I really want this kid to succeed, but man did they swing and miss on this pick. Huge bust. Too bad really, look at all the players we could have had instead.

  28. green41563 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:23 AM

    jwcarlson says:
    Aug 13, 2013 6:52 AM
    How can you miss this big in the first round? Guy can’t even catch passes in practice?!
    ________________________________

    He actually had a fairly common bust profile in that he had a monster senior season after doing very little through three years.

    Of course, that doesn’t guarantee that a guy will bust, but historically, it’s a very serious risk factor.

  29. 49erstim says: Aug 13, 2013 8:31 AM

    @swaggyy….. Aldon Smith was a can’t miss first round pick? Really? So you weren’t one of the thousands of people laughing collectively at how San Francisco “reached” to pick him? You are obviously revising history to suit your argument.

    As for Jenkins. …. I refuse to call a guy going into year 2 of his career a bust. I’m wondering why PFT has an agenda against him.

  30. geeeeemen says: Aug 13, 2013 8:33 AM

    Amani Toomer had 1 reception for 12 yards in his rookie season. Thank God they didn’t cut him!

  31. tombradyswig says: Aug 13, 2013 8:34 AM

    AJ Bustkins

    bye bye

  32. dgreenfi says: Aug 13, 2013 8:40 AM

    Not very good in college, not very good in the pro’s. If you look at his Sr. season in college he only had 1 100 yard game against a decent opponent. Most of his yards & TD’s came vs Ark St, Indiana and Northwestern.

  33. hendawg21 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:42 AM

    Well the problem is some GM’s draft thinking they are making the steal of the draft by taking chances on someone like A.J. Jenkins…now the questions is what were the scouts telling him about Jenkins? A lot of players are and excel in certain systems…maybe he’s one of those or maybe he’s just a bust…I think of Desmond Howard. There may be guys who get rated high by the draft guru’s, but do you draft them because of that? I say no you draft based on your needs and whether they fit your system…and it seems a few GM’s don’t do it that way.

  34. wolejr03 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    Everybody calm down. Theres not one GM in the world that has hit on every first round pick. And Swaggy, you dont have any idea of what your talking about. Baalke is one of the best GMs in the league. He’s was the VP of player personnel for the 49ers since 2005 and he had a say in every 49ers that is currently on the roster that has just went to the super bowl and favorite to go again.

  35. demolition510 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:49 AM

    DHB >

  36. decon49 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:51 AM

    swaggyy says: Aug 13, 2013 7:00 AM

    Oh actually nevermind Bowman was before Baalke was officially GM huh. Okay he got Aldon Smith. Another obvious can’t miss 1st rounder. Btw wow the niners WRs are not good at all! Ouch

    who was saying aldon was a obvious 1st rounder before he was drafted, he got a lot of crap for that pic too. you sould like a shehawks fan

  37. steeelfann says: Aug 13, 2013 8:51 AM

    In all seriousness, I would love to see their logic diagram in drafting a guy this weak at this level in the draft. I know they felt thin at wideout, but this may be the worst draft pick (outside of a few QB’s at top of draft, ahem) in a long while. Guy just not even close to being worthy of being drafted in round 1. Crazy.

  38. decon49 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:51 AM

    but he does look like crap

  39. packh8er says: Aug 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    Unfortunately as a Vikes fan I this reminds me all too well of mega bust Troy Williamson. I just wish they had cut him sooner and I’m sure 9ers fans are hoping the same for this tool. I guess let the preseason play out, if he doesn’t step up big in the next couple games, cya.

  40. drulz29 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:01 AM

    Thanks for not taking Alshon Jeffery!

    Sincerely,
    Chicago fanbase

  41. godofwine330 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:03 AM

    It was at the end of the first round, so it isn’t a HUGE whiff, but it was a whiff. Nobody saw the pick coming. Not a single draftnik, not me, not anybody. So rare that a first rounder doesn’t make the team in his second year. I wonder who stepped up and banged the table for him in the draft warroom last year.

  42. psj3809 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:03 AM

    Being a Raiders fan i’m glad AJ Jenkins has been so bad, as it makes the selection of DHB not look so crazy (Hey come on DHB had nearly 1000 yards one year).

    BUT this kids only been in the NFL one year, theres been plenty of stories over the years of players having a quiet first year or two and then do something.

    He must have had a huge signing bonus, so his basic salary is probably quite cheap, no point getting rid of him yet surely ? You know the second they cut him he’ll then have a great career elsewhere !

    In the pre-salary cap years teams used to give a young player several seasons starting, now its all about ‘what have you done for me recently’

  43. albinorhino49 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:06 AM

    Hopefully this lights a fire under AJ’s ass. Nothing else has worked so far really. And hopefully the days of Trent sealing the name of his player to be selected the night before in the envelope for round 1 are done also. Let Patton take AJ’s roster spot if he doesn’t step up.

  44. markaray06 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:11 AM

    I will admit, drafting AJ Jenkins was a big mistake, aka, risk, and we lost. But in Baalke/Harbaugh I trust. They got us this far. So, cut our losses, get K. Williams/Manningham and whoever else healthy, and let’s go! #NinerNation #NextManUp #SuperBowlOrBust #LEGGO

  45. joetoronto says: Aug 13, 2013 9:12 AM

    He’s just misused.

    Signed,

    Pete Carroll

  46. goldrush36 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:13 AM

    I was against this pick but seriously using Illinois as a basis people? A little dive into the history books… Mississippi Valley State, Tennessee Chattanooga, Marshall… Rice, Owens, Moss. Please enlighten me what the school had to do with it. The thing that baffles me is that we was productive with a garbage qb and now he can’t catch a cold

  47. upthegut34 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:17 AM

    Baalke made up for it by getting Anquan Boldin for a song.

  48. whatjusthapped says: Aug 13, 2013 9:18 AM

    packh8er says:

    Unfortunately as a Vikes fan I this reminds me all too well of mega bust Troy Williamson.
    =========================
    Huge difference, Troy Williamson was the #7 overall pick, AJ Jenkins was taken at the end of the first round. Mega bust is right, Troy Williamson had hands of stone.

  49. ngbradley says: Aug 13, 2013 9:28 AM

    Okay — this is hyperbole from Kawakami…as usual. He does this to get page hits.

    I could see them trading away Jenkins for a 5th rounder or something, but even that is unlikely.

    AJJ has blazing speed, runs crisp routes, and has excellent hands. He has some psychological barriers to clear, and they’re not just going to cut him.

  50. steelerfanjo says: Aug 13, 2013 9:32 AM

    First of all.. he wasn’t good in college at Illinois. Illinois is bad at football and he was a decent player in a bad program. Kid was at best a 5th rd pick. Niners reached.

  51. hitstick49er says: Aug 13, 2013 9:40 AM

    People should stick to their day job. Jenkins is not going anywhere. All the couch GM’s need to sit back and look the other way. The problem is his cap hit would cripple the 49ers salary cap.

    The only way to get rid of salary in a positive way, is to trade him. But who will take on his salary, which includes guaranteed base salaries of $705,797 in 2013, and $1,021,594 in 2014, plus non-guaranteed base salary of $660,000 in 2015, and a $677,309 roster bonus due on the 5th day of the 2015 new league year. He also has money left in proration. $872,500 for 2013-2015, total of $2,617,500.

    If cut right now, the team takes a cap hit of $2,599,891 for just 2013, that seems fine, since we have just over $7.2 million in cap space.

    In 2014 gets worse, because we have $5.3 million in cap space. And in 2014 we would eat $1.745 million in dead money. That all takes away from the cap room.

  52. hitstick49er says: Aug 13, 2013 9:41 AM

    #2 the Rams were targeting him three picks later.

  53. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:46 AM

    virginia9er says:
    Aug 13, 2013 8:14 AM
    There is zero chance he is cut. The salary cap hit for the next 3 years would prevent the resigning of one of our top players….kae, Aldon, Crabs, iupati all are up for negotiations after the season. AJ will stay on the roster as he costs around a mill. Just sucks he will take a spot on the 53 man roster….hopefully things will turn around.

    Media and the Fans want that instant gratification. Sometimes players need to develop. However, if you cant develop w Harbs and Kaep, you probably never will

    _______________________________

    You’re wrong. The hit isn’t nearly as bad now as it used to be previous to the new CBA. The team won’t be re-signing Aldon because he’ll be too much to extend. Yes, Kaep and Llupati will be priorities. Crabtree will be 50/50. He may give them an extra year so he can re-establish himself.
    Cutting Jenkins is not an issue. It’s more a pride issue than a $$$ issue.

  54. shackdelrio says: Aug 13, 2013 9:54 AM

    Reminds me alot of Marcus Nash. Broncos first round receiver from Tennessee. 4 career catches. The Broncos gave up on him after one year.

  55. g2-f2dc7f46324ad37bfba8ee5d9c2cd44e says: Aug 13, 2013 9:57 AM

    Much of you folks didn’t see Jerry Rice dropped all those passes, and at one point labeled with brick hands until he became the “Greatest Wide Receiver Of All Time”!
    Cut this guy a little slack and let’s see what will happen to him this year.
    It’s too early to tell!

  56. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:01 AM

    ngbradley says:
    Aug 13, 2013 9:28 AM
    Okay — this is hyperbole from Kawakami…as usual. He does this to get page hits.

    I could see them trading away Jenkins for a 5th rounder or something, but even that is unlikely.

    AJJ has blazing speed, runs crisp routes, and has excellent hands. He has some psychological barriers to clear, and they’re not just going to cut him.

    ______________________________

    “runs crisp routes”…No. He doesn’t. He’s a horrible route runner and it’s one reason why the QBs don’t trust him. “He has great hands.” No. He doesn’t. The one ball thrown to him in a game he dropped. He has made some acrobatic catches in practice but that doesn’t matter.

    If they can’t get his blazing speed to be used…which to this point they haven’t because the kid can’t hold onto the ball whether through the air or being handed off to him (ref. beginning of camp when he fumbled an end-around) all of this “potential” is a moot point.

    He doesn’t have the mind of an NFL receiver and that is more important than his upside.

  57. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:03 AM

    hitstick49er says:
    Aug 13, 2013 9:41 AM
    #2 the Rams were targeting him three picks later.
    _______________________________

    It’s only rumored they were. Nobody knows for sure.

  58. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    hitstick49er says:
    Aug 13, 2013 9:40 AM
    ——————————-

    Embrace it. He’s a HUGE liability he doesn’t perform.

    He’ll be cut.

  59. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:06 AM

    49er fanbase thought Singletary was a joke, but I don’t think AJ Jenkins would underachieve under Singletary. He’ll be driven by the fear of getting chastised and embarrassed or he’ll quit like Glen Coffee.

    Remember 49ers fans Rex Ryan was known as one of the best coaches in the NFL when he was drawing up exotic diagrams for Mangini’s defense and taking Mangini’s team to back to back AFC Championships. As the team became more of Rex Ryan’s squad they’re beginning to fade into oblivion. Keep an eye on your squad. Singletary’s work was undervalued and under-appreciated its not easy turning around a losing culture. Harbaugh has done a phenomenal job for you all, but 2013 is the year that you all will see what he and his staff is all about. These last two years they were doing it with Singletary’s squad who had his mindset. Especially that 2011 defense.

  60. schmitty2 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:07 AM

    The Ram’s had him on their draft board and ended up with Brian Quick who to this point has pretty much stunk it up too.

  61. zzr600guy says: Aug 13, 2013 10:08 AM

    The niners wr corps is really weak. Boldin and Davis will be reliable but beyond them nobody scares me. I can’t wait for GB to get another shot at them, it’s gonna be a great game.

  62. nobby821 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:13 AM

    This guy is going to make all other teams that didn’t draft him pay…

    Only because the collective bargaining agreement.

  63. lks311 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:16 AM

    I don’t care how good your franchise is, 1st Round misses always catch up with you.

  64. godofwine330 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:16 AM

    @ whatjusthapped says:

    Huge difference, Troy Williamson was the #7 overall pick, AJ Jenkins was taken at the end of the first round. Mega bust is right, Troy Williamson had hands of stone.
    =================

    I will never forget that Corey Chavious, who was a DB for the Vikings at the time and a scout and draftnik in his spare time so NFL Network had him on th edraft show that year. When the Vikings drafted Williamson Chavious’ face was like :-I I mean, flat. He knew it then and he was right. If you aren’t hip to Chavious he is the next Mayock once he learns to speak better (he needs to find Deion’s speech coach, because Deion from Fla. St. and Deion now is like night and day)

  65. birdsfan20 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:25 AM

    At least half of first rounders end up as “busts” at some point. This was just a pretty obvious one, Jimmy.

  66. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:26 AM

    zzr600guy says:
    Aug 13, 2013 10:08 AM
    The niners wr corps is really weak. Boldin and Davis will be reliable but beyond them nobody scares me. I can’t wait for GB to get another shot at them, it’s gonna be a great game.

    _————————————————

    You’ll need more than “another” shot. The WR corp is just fine. They’re still gonna just run-run-run all over that week Green Bay defense but this time with running backs and not #7.

  67. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 10:28 AM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 10:06 AM
    49er fanbase thought Singletary was a joke, but I don’t think AJ Jenkins would underachieve under Singletary. He’ll be driven by the fear of getting chastised and embarrassed or he’ll quit like Glen Coffee.

    ————————————————

    raiderfly you’ve never once posted anything that even had a semblance of logical soundness and order to it. Stop trying to be relevant by criticizing the “other” team just because your team is a perennial bottom dweller.

    Sit down

    Know your place.

  68. u4iadman says: Aug 13, 2013 10:45 AM

    Crabtree bust and now another WR….thought the Raiders were bad but this takes it.

  69. tcostant says: Aug 13, 2013 11:00 AM

    It can happen. Their are some great stories on when Desmond Howard got drafted by the Redskins, he was drafted even higher than Jenkins.

    The story goes that his first pratice, a ‘skin DB was quoted as saying “he can’t play” when asked about Howard. When the reporter followed up, he said “HE CAN’T PLAY”.

    Even with that, he stuck around the skins, because he was a first round pick.

  70. baymac408 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:00 AM

    You P.o.s. raider fans would love to have our so called busts! You clowns don’t even have a real team.. Or fan base! Clowns

  71. cannonballdookie says: Aug 13, 2013 11:00 AM

    I heard Rashaun Woods is looking for a roommate.

  72. mancave001 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    So we’ve not even played two preseason games yet, and we’ve decided on this guy? LOL.

  73. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    [enter redundant B.U.S.T. phrase here]

  74. rainponcho87 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:03 AM

    49er fanbase thought Singletary was a joke, but I don’t think AJ Jenkins would underachieve under Singletary. He’ll be driven by the fear of getting chastised and embarrassed or he’ll quit like Glen Coffee.

    Remember 49ers fans Rex Ryan was known as one of the best coaches in the NFL when he was drawing up exotic diagrams for Mangini’s defense and taking Mangini’s team to back to back AFC Championships. As the team became more of Rex Ryan’s squad they’re beginning to fade into oblivion. Keep an eye on your squad. Singletary’s work was undervalued and under-appreciated its not easy turning around a losing culture. Harbaugh has done a phenomenal job for you all, but 2013 is the year that you all will see what he and his staff is all about. These last two years they were doing it with Singletary’s squad who had his mindset. Especially that 2011 defense.
    ___________________________________

    Wow, you are definitely getting your crazy on there. Singletary couldn’t win the division with all those good players when the division winner was 7-9. Singletary insisted on drafting Taylor Mays who turned out to be a massive bust.

    I concede that Singletary is good at motivation and discipline. I think he is well suited to be a position coach. He is not well suited to be a coordinator or head coach.

  75. mmsierra says: Aug 13, 2013 11:08 AM

    I hope Jenkins turns it around
    It doesn’t look too good right now

    I just hope Jenkins doesn’t turn into the Brian Bosworth of the 2012 draft

    (except Jenkins was drafted at the Bottom of the first round and Seattle drafted the Boz at the TOP of the Supplemental draft)

    How’d that work out SeaHogs ??

  76. rt61 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    You’d think this guy was a top ten pick with all the hype he’s getting in the media. The niners are better off at receiver now than they were down the stretch last year.

    Niners wide receiver core is stronger this year, even without Crabtree. Does the offense rely on Crabtree so much, or was he the only competent guy to catch passes last year? Much more depth this year.

  77. jprcox says: Aug 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    Jenkins didn’t have the hype Bosworth had, so comparing them is not the same.

    I think 1-3rd rounds buys a player 1 year, but after that they have to play to a reasonable level or they need to be gone. Jenkins has no excuse to not play well – they need to move on.

    He’ll then get 1 more chance with a scrub team – then its it for him and the NFL.

  78. pop562 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    How is Crabtree a bust? He had 1100 yards and 9 TDs and he was also a stud in the postseason. The niners never had a number 1 receiver in the past 2 season and it didnt stop them from going back to back NFC Championship games. The 49ers is all about smash mouth run first offense and the defense shutting out the run game. Opponents defense will have to put 8 in the box while Vernon Davis, Boldin, Williams and Vance makes plays. Gore, Hunter and LMJ can also catch screen passes. So the defense had game tape on Crabtree right? Good, they don’t have game tape on Boldin. If lockette, collie, Moore makes the team… do the team have game tape on them as well? Nope. The season haven’t even started. Good luck trying to beat the 49ers.

  79. packerfan12 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:15 PM

    All our teams have busts in the 1st round. Unfortunately this one shouldn’t have happened. I rated A.J Jenkins as about a 3rd round player…He was this years Travis Frederick. He didn’t have any business being drafted in the first round so these ridiculous expectations for him are just too much for him to live up to in my opinion.

  80. vikesfan4life says: Aug 13, 2013 12:26 PM

    I didn’t realize that Troy Williamson changed his name and was redrafted as A.J. Jenkins.

  81. sdiegosteel says: Aug 13, 2013 12:39 PM

    Steelers cut their first round pick Huey Richardson after one year with the team. He spent a bit of time with the Redskins and Jets that next year and then never played again. Teams recognize the true busts pretty quickly, but unfortunately not from the college tape!

    For the Steelers, Richardson was the last pick of Noll and Cowher cut him in his first training camp. I’m not sure how many cases there are of the coach/GM who drafted the player in the first round cutting him before the next year!

  82. themackstrong says: Aug 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    The writing is on the wall and its says BUST. 49er fans still defending him are being homers. I’ll admit it took me a year too long to admit Aaron Curry was a bust and he actually started 2 years. Balke’s reputation is going to take a hit because from that full draft class who can you point to and say that’s a football player contributing to our team?

  83. dante170 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    jwcarlson says: Aug 13, 2013 6:52 AM
    How can you miss this big in the first round?
    —————————————————–
    Ask that minor league team from across the bay. I am sure they can provide details.

  84. baymac408 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:55 PM

    Leave it to stupid never won anything SEAHAWKS fans to comment on a real teams article! Catch up clown

  85. lushy21 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:59 PM

    Even charles Rogers and Mike Williams we’re better pick up than this ! Go lions 2013 version! Hey yo!

  86. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:59 PM

    rt61 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    Niners wide receiver core is stronger this year, even without Crabtree. Does the offense rely on Crabtree so much, or was he the only competent guy to catch passes last year? Much more depth this year.
    _______________________________

    I just had to thumb down this comment. How do you arrive at the improbable conclusion that after losing Crabtree to injury, Moss to retirement, and Jenkins to bustville, the 49er’s receiving corpse is better???

    Vernon Davis will now be blanket covered, and their QB will no longer be able to run freely in the opposing teams defensive backfield as he did last year. You can back on it…

  87. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:07 PM

    g2-f2dc7f46324ad37bfba8ee5d9c2cd44e says:
    Aug 13, 2013 9:57 AM
    Much of you folks didn’t see Jerry Rice dropped all those passes, and at one point labeled with brick hands until he became the “Greatest Wide Receiver Of All Time”!
    Cut this guy a little slack and let’s see what will happen to him this year.
    It’s too early to tell!
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    Jerry Rice had the one thing that AJ Jenkins lacks and that’s the desire and intensity to take his game to the next level. Actually Jerry Rice had a lot of things that AJ Jenkins lacks.

    Also Jerry Rice had 927 yards receiving and close to 19 yards per catch his rookie year. You all will be lucky to get that production in 3 seasons combined from AJ.

  88. NotoriousKDV says: Aug 13, 2013 1:08 PM

    If he really does a lot of things well, other than catch the ball obviously, as Greg Roman says, then why not try him at CB. At least that way they might be able to get something from him. If that doesn’t work then cut him but at least try him at another position first before completely giving up on him.

  89. solocamcan says: Aug 13, 2013 1:13 PM

    This is a head scratcher because its not like he didn’t produce in HS and college. He was a Parade All American in HS and had 90 catches for 1,276 yards 14.2 avg his last season at Illinois. During the OTAs he was reported as being one of the guys who stood out.

    I don’t know if he will make it or not…I hope he does.

  90. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:51 PM

    52lightsxout52 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 12:59 PM
    rt61 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    Niners wide receiver core is stronger this year, even without Crabtree. Does the offense rely on Crabtree so much, or was he the only competent guy to catch passes last year? Much more depth this year.
    _______________________________

    I just had to thumb down this comment. How do you arrive at the improbable conclusion that after losing Crabtree to injury, Moss to retirement, and Jenkins to bustville, the 49er’s receiving corpse is better???

    Vernon Davis will now be blanket covered, and their QB will no longer be able to run freely in the opposing teams defensive backfield as he did last year. You can back on it…

    ———————————————————

    Their WR corp isn’t “better” but it’s not nearly as bad and dire as some make it out to be. Boldin is proven and will be even better with a better quarterback (Sorry Flacco lovers but it’s true). K-Dub (Williams) will be fine and he works the slot great; Collie’s only issue was his concussions—-his ABILITY to catch the ball isn’t a problem at all and he’s looked great. Even Moore, Lockette and Osgood were decent………and that’s not even mentioning Patton who’s nursing a finger issue.

    But the real key here is when you have an elite QB (and, yes, everyone will know at the end of the season that Kaep is elite) you can have mediocre WRs….just look at what Brady has had to work with all his career minus Moss.

  91. 64post says: Aug 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    hawksfan3737 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 8:00 AM
    LOL, I hope 49ers fansremember this next time they but Seahawks fans chops about trading a #1 for Percy Harvin…..at least Harvin will get on the field some time this year.
    Will he? After his ripped V%#@na heals?

  92. marvin49 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    @swaggyy

    Get a clue.

    1) Baalke didn’t carry the official totle as GM, but he was the GM going into the 2010 draft.

    2) In that draft he selected Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, and Navorro Bowman….2 All-Pros and a Pro Bowl Alternate. He also selecte4d a very good special teamer in Anthony Dixon and a WR in the mix for a starters job in Kyle Williams.

    3) In 2011 he selected Aldon Smith (considered by many a reach), Colin Kaepernick, Chris Culliver (was challenging for a starter spot before torn ACL), Kendall Hunter (very good backup RB was averaging over 5 yards per carry before Achilles injury last year), Danial Kilgore (has played quite a bit in jumbo packages and will replace Jonathan Goodwin as the starting center possibly as early as this year), and Bruce Miller (college DE converted to FB and is a Pro Bowl Alternate).

    4) In 2012 they had very few holes so took Jenkins in round 1 and LaMichael James (has looked REALLY good after struggling early last year picking up the system) in round 2. The rest of the draft was about trading for picks the following year (since they had few holes) and taking injured players (Joe Looney, Cam Johnson) a round or 2 below where they would ordinarily have been taken (but of course, wouldn’t see the field). They also lost another to an ACL (Darius Flemming…and sadly lost him AGAIN this year to same injury). Trading out of last years draft and Jenkins lack of production has created the false impression that the Niners had a horrible fraft last year. That draft was a big part of the reason why they had FIFTEEN picks at one point his year.

    5) This past year all those picks first turned into a backup QB in Colt McCoy, a starting WR in Anquan Boldin, and what looks so far to be a promising draft.

    Next time when you decide to spout off about how a guy is overrated, do a little research. It’ll help you sound like you have a clue.

  93. marvin49 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    @themackstrong

    LaMichael James.

    As I said before tho…they traded MANY picks for picks THIS year because they had few holes and not enough roster spots. Don’t judge the 2012 draft until you see how the 2013 draft pans out.

  94. marvin49 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    @u4iadman

    Huh? How is Crabtree a bust? He had FIVE 100 yard games in Kaeps 10 starts including 172 against the Cards.

    PLEASE explain to me how he’s a “bust”.

  95. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    Baalke can’t evaluate WRs. Yeah AJ Jenkins is a bust, but so is every WR that’s fighting for that Split End spot.

    Look at my squad. Reggie McKenzie can draft a Productive WR with his eyes closed.

  96. 64post says: Aug 13, 2013 2:23 PM

    For Seattle fans to say anything about SF’s draft woes is funny since they had Arron Curry, Dan McGwire, Brian Bosworth just to name a few and now they have Percy Harvin in the tank after giving up a 1st and more for him. Typical I guess.

  97. allen227 says: Aug 13, 2013 4:25 PM

    Lol. Tell me why he is even in the league. Oh that’s right, we all know why.

  98. jayniner says: Aug 13, 2013 4:40 PM

    The bigger question here is what is going on with Manningham and Williams. Manningham has had 9 months to recover and I hear Williams was taken off the PUP list…

    And it would be REALLY cool to see Austin Collie starting but that 16 yard over the middle pass to him last week….with his concussion issues….bad idear.

  99. beastmode5150 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:26 PM

    Bwahahahahha! The hawks would never miss like this on a draft pick. Where are all the Baalke is a god comments?

  100. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:01 PM

    beastmode5150 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 5:26 PM
    Bwahahahahha! The hawks would never miss like this on a draft pick. Where are all the Baalke is a god comments?

    ———————————————–

    Ummmm Aaron Curry ring a bell?

    Maybe Bryan Bosworth perhaps?

    Is it any wonder why people can’t stand Seattle fans?!

  101. GoHawks.info says: Aug 13, 2013 6:14 PM

    I love how 9er fans rave about how smart the team was bytaking AAlcon Smith. Seems to me the biggest knock on that move was leaving JJ Watt on the board. Still think it was a great pick?

  102. beastmode5150 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:36 PM

    Sampsonwag, dude, current administration, would never happen.

  103. bobhk says: Aug 13, 2013 6:43 PM

    @swaggyy says:
    Aug 13, 2013 7:00 AM
    Oh actually nevermind Bowman was before Baalke was officially GM huh. Okay he got Aldon Smith. Another obvious can’t miss 1st rounder. Btw wow the niners WRs are not good at all! Ouch
    ————–
    What has carroll done except hand out PED to seacrap players?

    BTW, schneider was was so brilliant he got Carpenter. In fact he’s so brilliant he gave away multiple draft picks and millions to a guy who won’t play this year and when he will he’ll get a migraine.

    Bwahahahahahahahaha…

  104. 76seahawk says: Aug 13, 2013 7:14 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Pggggghhh ! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  105. bobhk says: Aug 13, 2013 7:21 PM

    @76seahawk says:
    Aug 13, 2013 7:14 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Pggggghhh ! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    ———-
    Percy Harvin multiple draft picks, millions of dollars no games….

    BWAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  106. bobhk says: Aug 13, 2013 7:23 PM

    @GoHawks.info says:
    Aug 13, 2013 6:14 PM
    I love how 9er fans rave about how smart the team was bytaking AAlcon Smith. Seems to me the biggest knock on that move was leaving JJ Watt on the board. Still think it was a great pick?
    ——–
    Harvin: 1st round pick, 3rd round pick, 7th round pick, $60M+ …no games.

    Still feel great about that?

  107. beastmode5150 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:58 PM

    Yes, yes we do. He gets 21 M guaranteed, and we have an owner that could buy all other owners. Oh, and we were STILL under the cap.

    Wilson
    Sherman
    Chancellor
    Unger
    Browner
    Lynch for 4th rounder
    Wagner
    Baldwin

    Actually getting tired of posting steals, I think you get it…

  108. hawkstradamus says: Aug 13, 2013 8:19 PM

    So glad you guys picked tha bum instead of Doug Martin Ashlon Jeffries or that other tall WR the jets got in the second round. Not to mention Bobby Wagner.

  109. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:29 PM

    Seahawks—— 37 years of no hardware. Keeping a tradition strong!

  110. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:32 PM

    GoHawks.info says:
    Aug 13, 2013 6:14 PM
    I love how 9er fans rave about how smart the team was bytaking AAlcon Smith. Seems to me the biggest knock on that move was leaving JJ Watt on the board. Still think it was a great pick?

    —————————————–

    Is every Hawks fan born motherless? I think considering Aldon Smith has the most sacks of any player in NFL history in his first 2 years….yeah…I think we’re just fine with that pick. But you’ll know better when he’s laying Wilson on the ground. This time BOTH Smith brothers will be healthy….and the team won’t be jet lagged.

    Carolina rolls over Seachodes week 1….49ers run over Seachodes week 2. Hello 0-2.

  111. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:34 PM

    beastmode5150 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 6:36 PM
    Sampsonwag, dude, current administration, would never happen.

    ——————————–

    Own your history fair-weather nor’westerner fan….own your history. 37 years of ineptitude and naked hardware-less years. 37 years and going strong.

  112. bobhk says: Aug 13, 2013 8:35 PM

    @hawkstradamus says:
    Aug 13, 2013 8:19 PM
    So glad you guys picked tha bum instead of Doug Martin Ashlon Jeffries or that other tall WR the jets got in the second round. Not to mention Bobby Wagner.
    ———
    Wagner would not have made the niners. Do you even notice? He can’t hold the jockstrap of Willis, Bowman, etc.

  113. bobhk says: Aug 13, 2013 8:38 PM

    @beastmode5150 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 7:58 PM
    Yes, yes we do. He gets 21 M guaranteed, and we have an owner that could buy all other owners. Oh, and we were STILL under the cap.

    Wilson
    Sherman
    Chancellor
    Unger
    Browner
    Lynch for 4th rounder
    Wagner
    Baldwin

    Actually getting tired of posting steals, I think you get it…
    ————–
    Baldwin, Wagner, Browner, Unger would not have made the niners roster. Wilson and Chancellor would have been second string. Lynch would be a backup.

    Speaking of steals, which PED is Carroll using now…get the point.

    Know the feeling of winning…oh wait, you don’t.

  114. bobhk says: Aug 13, 2013 8:42 PM

    @beastmode5150 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 7:58 PM
    Yes, yes we do. He gets 21 M guaranteed, and we have an owner that could buy all other owners. Oh, and we were STILL under the cap.
    —–
    Oh BTW, Allen is the richest but still cheap enough to ask for stadium subsidy. Do you think he’ll spend any money to field a winner….hahahahaha

  115. themackstrong says: Aug 13, 2013 11:19 PM

    marvin49 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    @themackstrong

    LaMichael James.

    As I said before tho…they traded MANY picks for picks THIS year because they had few holes and not enough roster spots. Don’t judge the 2012 draft until you see how the 2013 draft pans out.

    ——————————————–

    Alright that kid does have talent and made it on the field to finish the year. He slipped my head when I thought of the draft class but outside of him there isn’t much to prop up.

  116. rajbais says: Aug 14, 2013 12:00 AM

    The New England Patriots did not want to care about Brandon Meriwether and they went to a Super Bowl.

    The Ravens got out of the first round and have a high 2nd rd pick (near 1st rd pick) in Courteney Upshaw, but don’t need him.

    New rule: if you take the player who was only invited to the east west Shrine Game do not pick him during the first three rounds!!!

    The shrine game is the best that they can do because they’re not Senior bowl worthy.

  117. axespray says: Aug 14, 2013 12:12 AM

    Ted whiffed on Justin Harrell…
    That hiccup didn’t stop us from winning a superbowl – it’s not like the 49ers need receivers now with that loaded roster, they’ve gotta have at least some weakness.

  118. GoHawks.info says: Aug 14, 2013 12:16 AM

    Mother or not, Sampson, at least I have a brain and use it. Can you really sit there and think Aldon is better than Watt? Really?

    Well…you are in good company. Some of you don’t think an All Pro C or Pro Bowl CB would make your roster, and think that scrap heap you are trying to pull WRs from are better than Baldwin, so your opinions are pretty worthless. Heck….SF is waiting for the Hawks to cut WRs and FBs so they can sign them. And while Wagner wouldn’t be a starter in SF, he would on most teams and would certainly make your roster.

    And before you get all amped on the Seahawks being ring-less…don’t forget that your team was atrocious its first 35 years. 3 playoff wins and no championship games.

  119. uplate5301 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:50 AM

    Collie and Moore are both shining right at the moment. If they continue, Jenkins’ status may ultimately be irrelevant.

  120. originalspinpodcast says: Aug 14, 2013 11:13 PM

    Can’t pick em right everytime.

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