Another game, another dud from San Francisco 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. The 2012 first round pick struggled mightily during his rookie campaign and it appears little has changed coming into his sophomore year.
Local beat writers have suggested Jenkins’ roster spot is in trouble, a sentiment that national writers have recently picked up on as well.
And while it seems unlikely that a team would cut ties with such an elevated draft pick so quickly, general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh aren’t the most conventional minds.
Receiver A.J. Jenkins played into the third quarter in Friday’s exhibition win over the Chiefs but did not have a catch.
He was targeted twice, and like last week a long pass attempt from Colt McCoy to Jenkins resulted in an easy interception by the opposition. McCoy tried to hit Jenkins streaking down the sideline, but the receiver was blanketed by big cornerback Sean Smith, who picked off the pass.
Jim Harbaugh said he thought Jenkins had a step on Smith on the play and that McCoy’s throw “should have been out in front of him, not over the back shoulder.” Said Harbaugh of Jenkins: “I thought he did okay.”
The only saving grace Jenkins has right now is his lofty draft status, which appears to be quickly fading with each passing week.