Cowboys signing former first-round flop A.J. Jenkins

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If you were ever deemed worthy of a first-round pick — even if wrongly so — you’re going to get more chances than other players will.

That’s playing out yet again in Dallas.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys are signing wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, after his tryout with the team last week.

The 49ers took Jenkins 30th overall in 2012, and quickly realized he couldn’t play, and was only active for three games his rookie year.

He was then traded to the Chiefs the following year for Jon Baldwin, the teams swapping mistakes hoping the change of scenery would work out. It didn’t.

The Chiefs cut him in February, after 17 catches in two seasons.

He’s still just 25, but to this point, has given little indication he’s going to perform up to his draft status. But teams keep giving him chances, figuring they might tap into some reservoir of potential.

51 responses to “Cowboys signing former first-round flop A.J. Jenkins

  1. Watched him at the U of I and he was a really good receiver. As a Niners fan, he wasn’t properly used in our scheme, he simply didn’t fit. Then he went to the Chiefs where no receiver even had a td last year. AJ can play, he just needs the right system. With Romo, I’m sure he will do a lot better. Good luck, AJ.

  2. When he didn’t want to train on the Hill with Jerry Rice, it was a red flag. He had small flashes in KC but he always ended up tripping on himself, or accidentally stepping out of bounds.

  3. Almost 15 percent (14.72) of Jones’ draft picks have been Pro Bowlers (34 players, 14 more than anybody else currently making draft decisions). Among his non-first-round picks who have paid off are RB DeMarco Murray and TE Jason Witten, a third-rounder who has been to 10 Pro Bowls.

  4. As soon as–I mean as in the second a player is not a Niner anymore, I could care less about their future moves, destinations, accomplishments, or failures.

  5. Might as well see what he’s got we need bodies for training camp. For all those laughing its not like Dallas needs him. I mean WE HAVE THE BEST RECIVER IN THE LEAGUE. so just keep laughing. I know I am.

  6. 👆🏾especially a waste of a pick like AJ friggin Jenkins when we could have had Alshon Jefferey.

  7. The definition of stupid is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different outcome…..

    Maybe give Rice another chance next week????

  8. over and over teams sign these type or players thinking they are the ones who can “fix” them. But for every Chris Carter, there are dozens of Ryan Leafs.

  9. Couldn’t understand why they didn’t just draft a WR at some point, which would likely turn out to be a better possibility of making the team than Jenkins.

    But instead Jerry drafts a couple LBs while he already had 12 on the roster. Go figure, I can’t.

  10. In his defense, the “hill” was basically a sheer cliff that Rice was only able to scale because years worth of stickum build up turned him into spider man.

  11. When you are on an offense, where they have a clear cut #1 receiver, and decent #2 in Terrance Williams, a future HOF in Jason Witten, arguably the best oline, and a top ten qb, with a decent OC in Linehan, and a decent WR coach in Derek Dooley, I appreciate any value he may contribute as back wr, and special teamer.

  12. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 26, 2015 11:27 AM

    ….what they should be doing is FIRING all the WR scouts on the 49ers and Chiefs…….they obviouly don’t know how to evaluate WR talent.
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    …and the Cowboys…who already knew what they were getting.

  13. Meh. He’ll be in camp on a veteran’s minimum one-year deal with perhaps a few performance clauses. If they cut him at any point before the season starts, it’ll be nothing but some pocket change lost for Jerry Jones.

  14. troylok says:
    May 26, 2015 11:57 AM
    Has Jerry Jones been possessed by the spirit of Al Davis?
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    Jerry Jones has drafted 14 more pro bowlers than any active GM in the NFL.

  15. dallascowboysdishingthereal says:
    May 26, 2015 12:02 PM

    Couldn’t understand why they didn’t just draft a WR at some point, which would likely turn out to be a better possibility of making the team than Jenkins.

    But instead Jerry drafts a couple LBs while he already had 12 on the roster. Go figure, I can’t.

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    The team brought in two highly regarded priority UFAs at WR, including the UFA they gave the most money to for a signing bonus. I’m pretty sure that counts towards “making an effort” at WR, especially when your “need” at the position is at returner and special teams.

  16. ROFLMAO at some of these silly comments. They signed SEVERAL UDFA WR’s right after the draft. This guy is PROBABLY just a camp body…UNLESS he shows them something worthwhile on ST OVER AND ABOVE what any of the others do. The odds of him making it onto the 53 man roster are slim at best. Get grip and rent a clue!

  17. It’s no risk at all for the Cowboys to bring him in to camp and let him try out. He’s just an extra camp body that’s all

  18. isnt this what was said about Jerry bringing in Rolando Mcclain last yr? turned out to be the biggest steal in the NFL. his impact on the defense was astonishing. especially being people were saying this was a stupid pick-up because he was a bust with 2 teams already…. hmmm OK

  19. I don’t get why this is a bad signing. Cost is next to nothing and maybe you get some production. I’m not a huge Romo fan although I think he is good but he’s better than who w as throwing the ball to this guy before.
    Everyone knows they’d be defending their team if they signed him..

  20. Awesome deal and going to be a steal. The kids knows this may be his last shot in the nfl fool me 3 times type of deal. I’ll guarantee a great year from the kid cause he is hungry. Love hungry players. Also Alex smith and Colin Kapenik both suck. There not great qb. Kap at least has a lil talent but uses his legs way more then I’d want my qb to. I think AJ can be great with a great qb and someone to help him out. DEZ BRYANT AND TWILL. Williams has been practicing with Dez to work on his game. It shows. First half of last year damn was he explosive and huge. Looked like a lil dez bryant. AJ will come in and soon make this cowboys wr trio the best in the NFL. Great signing Jerry. Man has Jerry and Steven Jones been Geniuses this off season.

  21. I get that fans hate the Cowboys, maybe nowhere more than in the Bay Area. But it cracks me up to read comments here that the Cowboys’ willingness to give Jenkins a tryout reflects their desire to stay “mediocre.”

    They were mediocre last year? Really? Hey, I appreciate hate as much as the next fan. It’s part of what makes sports great. But come on. There’s hatred, and then there’s blindness.

  22. I suspect Cowboys have inside information about a recent arrest.

    Would explain the signing.

    Perspicacious as ever, you’re welcome.

  23. Big B you forgot about the undrafted multi pro bowler Tony Romo. Also people forget Miles Austin was undrafted and Sam Hurd. They may not be on the team or any team right now but they both rocked it for a bit. Austin’s hamstring fell apart and I can’t remember what happened to Hurd but those were some great pickups. Cole Beasely I believe was undrafted. Cowboys in the last 7-8 years have sent more draft picks to pro bowl than any other team and I’m not sure but I’d bet the most undrafted guys as well. To be honest I’m sure they are top 3 in sending players in general in the last 7-8 years aka the Romo era. All you Boys haters need to recognize.
    I know we haven’t won any Superbowls recently but there’s only one team that has more than we do, one team that has just as many and about 3-4 that have one less and all other teams with even less. So get over yourselves. I hate it but I will accept smack from 9ers and Steelers fans only. Everybody else needs to wait till their team wins some more Superbowls. Giants, Pats n Pack fans you still need one more. Maybe Raiders but I’m pretty sure they only have 3.

  24. Watched him at the U of I and he was a really good receiver. As a Niners fan, he wasn’t properly used in our scheme, he simply didn’t fit. Then he went to the Chiefs where no receiver even had a td last year. AJ can play, he just needs the right system. With Romo, I’m sure he will do a lot better. Good luck, AJ.
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    He wasn’t properly used in the 49ers scheme because he couldn’t catch when thrusted onto the field and lacks upper body strength, so he gets bumped off his route easily.

    Chiefs for as much crap they get for the non-WR TD behind Bowe Hemingway and Jenkins got the most snaps and were outproduced by Avant who joined the team past midway. Jenkins most productive game was in SD last season, and again he tripped himself up and stepped out of bounds when he could’ve had a huge TD. Smith had 18 TDs last season for the middle of the pack of teams, not bad considering the mediocre receivers he was working with.

  25. Special teams and punt/kick-off returns? Some guy left for the giants and left a hole…oh yea and to test our corners in OTAs? Hmm…yea not a high risk move.

  26. Jenkins failure in KC had nothing to do with the QB or the system. It had everything to do with the fact that he could not manage to get open, catch the ball or stay in bounds. I hope the Cowboys aren’t paying much because they’re not getting much. Camp body.

  27. redsoxu571 said:
    The team brought in two highly regarded priority UFAs at WR, including the UFA they gave the most money to for a signing bonus. I’m pretty sure that counts towards “making an effort” at WR, especially when your “need” at the position is at returner and special teams.
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    Yes I’m aware of the UFA free agents signed and they look like good prospects considering no one drafted them. But it still doesn’t explain why in the draft they passed up on some excellent kick returner/WRs while choosing to stock pile LBs.

    It’s a weak effort in my view, to replace Dwayne Harris. A UFA replace him? Good luck with that.

  28. The over/under on him getting cut is week 3 of preseason…

    What you got ?

    (He will just be a camp body… the guy can’t play)

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