They also reunited Jenkins with quarterback Alex Smith, who was acquired in another trade with the 49ers early in the offseason. As a result, Smith’s got more insight into Jenkins’ game than most members of the Chiefs organization and he said Tuesday that he thinks the fresh start in Kansas City will be a good thing for the wideout after not getting much of a chance in San Francisco.
“That’s a veteran team with a lot of pieces in place,” Smith said, via the team’s website. “So it wasn’t his job from the jump. He came in and had to battle for it. I could say, I think it was a deeper roster there. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out. He’s got a ton of talent, a lot of speed, so I think the change is doing some good.”
That’s a more positive review of Jenkins’ game than we heard from tight end Vernon Davis, although you’d expect that kind of dichotomy given Smith has more to gain from Jenkins finding a way to succeed at the NFL level. He’ll get a chance to do that in K.C., but there might not be many more if a change of scenery doesn’t do the trick.