A.J. Jenkins may start at receiver for Niners in preseason opener


The 49ers didn’t need much from 2012 first-round receiver A.J. Jenkins during his rookie season..  Which is good, because they didn’t get much.  They got so little that Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com recently suggested on PFT Live that, if Jenkins hadn’t been a first-round draft pick, he would have gotten cut last year.

This year, despite indications that he’s still struggling to adjust to the NFL level, Jenkins could start in the 49ers preseason opener.

“I still haven’t totally decided,” coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday, via quotes distributed by the team.  “Again, if you start two receivers if you start three, if you start only one because of the personnel group, what do you consider the starter?”

With Michael Crabtree recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, the only clear-cut starter is Anquan Boldin.  The initial depth chart showed a logjam behind Boldin, but Harbaugh downplayed the unofficially official configuration of players.

“The depth chart is not a painstaking thing that I go fill out,” Harbaugh said.  “[P.R. director] Bob Lange fills out the depth chart.  So I wouldn’t read, nothing against Bob . . . I wouldn’t read too much into it. It’s not a painstaking process to fill out the depth chart.”

It’s will be far more painstaking to move the ball through the air if Jenkins doesn’t step up in his second season.

14 responses to “A.J. Jenkins may start at receiver for Niners in preseason opener

  1. The niners are in trouble this year. Draft kaep, he’ll be running all day bc those receivers won’t cut it for an young qb whose biggest goal this season is to add touch and get all the better going through progressions. Jim has the ability to disguise weakness and use strengths of a player (offense only) so I’m sure they’ll be okay bit I don’t expect a good passing attack, good news is they have a strong running game.

    Solely based on this and that their defense should struggle in the secondary, without wrs to get quick points they might not produce the type of victories they have recently, I anticipate a 10 win 2nd place nfcw spot.

    I’m a hawks fan, no hate in me, I respect the hell out of the niners but I anticipate a little drop off especially with the injuries and youth at some positions. Hope they are strong Steel sharpens steel. Excited to catch an glimpse of the preseason niner game. Good luck and stay injury free.

  2. I didn’t expect much from him last year u can’t start over moss he was a great decoy crab was a G last year and Mario a proven NFL receiver was also an asset and a big hill to climb over for a rookie this year pressure is on best do what it do

  3. In the 2010, 2011 and 2012 drafts, the 49ers have had 13 picks in the first 5 rounds.

    Busts: Taylor Mays (round 2, Baalke threw a bone to placate Singletary – who was obsessed with him – via this pick)

    Potential Future Busts: AJ Jenkins (round 1), Darius Fleming (round 5, torn ACLs two years in a row)

    Pro Bowl Caliber/Talent Players: Mike Iupati, Anthony Davis, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Chris Culliver, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James

    Others: Daniel Kilgore, Joe Looney (both reserve linemen behind the best OL in football)

    Even if Jenkins ends up busting, I’ll take results like this 7 days a week. Baalke for the win!

  4. A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette will both contribute significantly on offense this year. Having spent the entire offseason working out exclusively with Kaepernick and both had strong showings in camp lately. Both having burner speed couldn’t hurt their chances either.

  5. At the very best Jenkins is #3 on the depth chart right now….behind Boldin and Kyle Williams. My question is why are you expending so much energy worrying about San Francisco’s #3 wideout? Yes he was a first round pick, but it was always about upside with him and Baalke and Coach didn’t think they’d land him if they didn’t draft him at 31. You cannot label this guy a bust after only one season no matter how he played or how he was used.

  6. The 49’ers are the most over-rated team in the NFL. No way they get back to the Super Bowl this year.

  7. Overrated by winning their division 2 years in a row? Don’t let facts get in the way of your argument. What an idiot.

  8. We’ll see who’s overrated come January! The 49ers are going into this season improved from last year! Crabtree’s injury hurt but they did bring in Boldin, anyone who watches the NFL knows this team is for real and poised for another championship run. To everyone who thinks they are overrated or Kaep is a (flash in the pan) please come back in January to dine on crow you jealous morons.

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