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Vernon Davis: Jenkins has to change approach

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Even though the 49ers admitted an expensive mistake by trading former first-rounder A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs, there are still people in the organization who think the second-year wide receiver can become something.

Tight end Vernon Davis had supported Jenkins before he was given away (in exchange for Chiefs draft bust Jon Baldwin), and said the trade could serve as a wake-up call.

Maybe take his approach toward the game up a notch,” Davis said when asked what Jenkins should do differently in Kansas City, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “I think that be some he can benefit from. Just take his approach up a little bit more. Go above and beyond being a professional. . . .

“Not on the field. Not his game. I’m just talking away from the game. As far as studying habits — I think he had good study habits when he was here. Studying, being a professional, trying to help himself as well as helping other guys, the younger guys that come in. And just owning his position, embracing it and just going to the next level.

“If he really wants it inside his heart, it will work out for him. It will pay dividends.”

Jenkins has a chance now with a team that didn’t overdraft him by many rounds, and that fresh start could benefit him. But if he doesn’t take the second chance for what it is, the Chiefs’ investment isn’t such that they have to keep giving him more opportunities.

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30 Responses to “Vernon Davis: Jenkins has to change approach”
  1. jrazz22 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:50 PM

    Over/under on Seahawk hate?

  2. 12444uggg says: Aug 19, 2013 4:51 PM

    So he studied while he was there, and his game is good, but he needs to do more of what exactly? I wouldn’t have mentioned it, but whats the harm in not actually speaking your mind and just admitting that he’s not very good.

  3. marvsleezy says: Aug 19, 2013 4:56 PM

    Sounds like a character guy who should have no problem learning a new offense in 2 weeks – lol

  4. raqaiw says: Aug 19, 2013 4:58 PM

    Vernon has some experience with this. Remember it took a dismissal from the field by ex-coach Mike Singletary to get Vernon to pull himself together. After that he took his game to the current all-pro level it is now, before then he was decidely average.

  5. 64post says: Aug 19, 2013 5:00 PM

    jrazz22 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 4:50 PM
    Over/under on Seahawk hate?

    12 comments.

  6. jayhawk6 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:03 PM

    There may or may not be a former teammate of JB who would say such things about him, but VD’s endorsement of AJJ brings sense of promise to this Chiefs’ fan.

  7. mondzy805 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:03 PM

    About the only thing Trent is Not good at as GM, is drafting Wide Receivers. Besides that, Aces. I don’t know what pick was worst, Rashad Woods or AJ Jenkins as a 49ers fan. Either way, In Jim I Trust.

  8. swaggyy says: Aug 19, 2013 5:03 PM

    I’ll get the first comment going. You still rattled from that Chancellor hit Vern? Jenkins will bounce right out of the NFL

  9. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 19, 2013 5:11 PM

    64post says:
    Aug 19, 2013 5:00 PM
    jrazz22 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 4:50 PM
    Over/under on Seahawk hate?

    12 comments.

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    If I didn’t know better, I would say you 49ers fans are obsessed.

  10. jhop86 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:15 PM

    Vernon a loudmouth anyway Evin 4rs fans know it still a good te

  11. supremekingz says: Aug 19, 2013 5:16 PM

    It pains me to see most football players struggle to put together a sentence.

  12. jayniner says: Aug 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    I firmly believe the problem with Jenkins was much simpler than most think…..it was about $$$$$.

    He got a 4-year $6.9 million rookie contract and became comfortable and complacent believing that they wouldn’t get rid of him over his contract. After all, remember what he said after the 1st preseason game?

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

    Those 8 arrogant words will forever haunt him…

  13. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says:
    Aug 19, 2013 5:11 PM
    64post says:
    Aug 19, 2013 5:00 PM
    jrazz22 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 4:50 PM
    Over/under on Seahawk hate?

    12 comments.

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    If I didn’t know better, I would say you 49ers fans are obsessed.

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    Other way around 6. other way around. In fact our beat writers reported they’ve been on Seattle sports talk almost twice as much as they’ve been on local sports radio. They’re beyond obsessed. They’re blinded by their obsession.

    Btw……..i think 8-8 will look good in the steal city this year.

  14. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    *steel

  15. slick50ks says: Aug 19, 2013 5:40 PM

    I know nothing about Jenkins, but Baldwin is simply lazy and stupid.

    Good luck with that.

  16. donnymacjack says: Aug 19, 2013 5:43 PM

    Sounds like some good advice from Davis and advice spoken from someone who’s been there.

    It wasn’t too long ago that his own (now former) head coach didn’t much like his approach to the game. At that time a lot of people were wondering if Davis might be a bit of a bust. Now look at the guy. Definitely a top tier TE. (And as a Seahawk fan it kills me to say that!) :)

  17. jayniner says: Aug 19, 2013 5:52 PM

    slick50ks says:
    Aug 19, 2013 5:40 PM
    I know nothing about Jenkins, but Baldwin is simply lazy and stupid.

    Good luck with that.

    _______________

    And we reciprocate the feelings about Jenkins….good luck with that!

  18. aldavis4president says: Aug 19, 2013 5:55 PM

    Haha I bet 9derr fans still think ajj is better den dhb Lmao… And Vernon davis is not an all pro TE! the guy is a freak of nature yeah, but he can only run 1 route and he has stone hans. I’ll take about 7-10 other TE before him. 500yds is not all pro

  19. Iknoweverything says: Aug 19, 2013 6:07 PM

    KC swindled the Whiners on this deal.

  20. rexloveshisfeet says: Aug 19, 2013 6:24 PM

    I always thought Jonathan Baldwin would become a good receiver. He has the body and characteristics of a solid WR. He just needs to put it all together or he might be out of the NFL before we know it.

  21. jayniner says: Aug 19, 2013 6:38 PM

    Iknoweverything says:
    Aug 19, 2013 6:07 PM

    KC swindled the Whiners on this deal.

    __________________

    I can assure you the Niners swindled KC on this deal…just wait and see.

  22. thelastbesthope says: Aug 19, 2013 6:48 PM

    AJ was stunned to be a 1st rounder, stunned to get so many $$$, stunned to see a real Super Bowl from the sidelines…and relieved that he’s no longer expected to be the next “guy” on a franchise where Jerry Rice was once the “guy”.

    Just a kid in way over his head.

  23. gregorie0880 says: Aug 19, 2013 7:49 PM

    Harbaugh’s comments are unimportant because his actions speak volumes. Jenkins never dressed until two WR’s went on IR. Harbaugh “dressed” James after Hunter went on IR.

    Dressed is a strong word.

    So how do 49ers get rid of a player with salary guarantees? You find someone to trade? Harbaugh and Baalke would have traded Jenkins for a fish sandwich, but nobody wanted his salary. The Chiefs had a similar problem, which ended up falling into Baalke’s lap.

    The bottom line… Baalke made a mistake in 2012 draft and decreased the financial loss by $500-$600k. I would not be surprised if the current plan is to release Baldwin in 2 weeks. Obviously Baldwin can change their minds.

  24. steviep23 says: Aug 19, 2013 8:42 PM

    Should’ve taken Sanu or Randle.

  25. raiderapologist says: Aug 19, 2013 10:17 PM

    jayhawk6 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:03 PM

    There may or may not be a former teammate of JB who would say such things about him, but VD’s endorsement of AJJ brings sense of promise to this Chiefs’ fan.
    ————-
    VD always brings a sense of promise to any Chiefs fan.

  26. unex9885 says: Aug 20, 2013 4:40 AM

    aldavis4president says: Aug 19, 2013 5:55 PM

    Haha I bet 9derr fans still think ajj is better den dhb Lmao… And Vernon davis is not an all pro TE! the guy is a freak of nature yeah, but he can only run 1 route and he has stone hans. I’ll take about 7-10 other TE before him. 500yds is not all pro

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    This is the biggest jumble of non-sense I’ve ever seen… I dont think anybody has ever said that AJ Jenkins was better than DHB, and since you’re clearly so knowledgeable about this whole thing, Im sure you know he plays for the Colts now right? lol, and yeah… Crabtree is better in his sleep than DHB. Now try to figure out why Im talking about Crabtree… think REEEAAL hard.

  27. capslockkey says: Aug 20, 2013 12:11 PM

    Baldwin and Jenkins sound like the same guy but with different body types. The only reason Baldwin has any stats is because the previous regime forced him onto the field simply because of where he was drafted and the level of competition on the team. The Chiefs receivers generally aren’t good outside of Bowe and maybe McMcCluster. SF had the luxury of some talent to throw out there in front of Jenkinds.

    Baldwin’s highlight in KC was catching a ball off of a DB’s back while falling to the ground his rookie season, but was unfortunately called back on a holding call. One of the most amazing catches I’ve ever seen. Since then he’s been absolute garbage and couldn’t catch a cold.

    At least Jenkins didn’t try to run his mouth with the 9ers best player and end up breaking his hand in the process. The rumor is the Thomas Jones/Baldwin incident started because Baldwin was flapping his gums at Jamaal Charles and TJ stepped in and put the rook in his place.

  28. uplate5301 says: Aug 20, 2013 12:12 PM

    I think Jenkins was a burr under Harbaugh’s saddle, because so much was expected of him and he wasn’t ready to deliver. A lot of effort was being spent on trying to get him up to speed.

    Baldwin will be less so. If he works out… great. If not… oh well. But now they’re not going to go out there wondering what they have to do to protect their investment every day. Their preparation efforts will be elsewhere.

  29. phelbin says: Aug 20, 2013 9:27 PM

    Read between the lines. Without throwing him under the bus, VD was saying that AJ doesn’t have a good work ethic.

    If Jerry Rice offers to help you with workouts and game prep, you don’t say no. Ever! If Jerry Rice offered to help me become a better wide receiver, I’d sure as heck take him up on the offer. And I’m an accountant!

  30. dudeustupid says: Aug 23, 2013 11:37 AM

    jayniner says:
    Aug 19, 2013 6:38 PM
    Iknoweverything says:
    Aug 19, 2013 6:07 PM

    KC swindled the Whiners on this deal.

    __________________

    I can assure you the Niners swindled KC on this deal…just wait and see.

    _________________________________

    I can assure you both were swindeled in this deal…both suck

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