Technically, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins had no catches in their second preseason game. He did have one 21 yard reception against Kansas City Chiefs‘ second team defense but that was wiped out by a holding penalty. Despite a depressing stat line, his head coach Jim Harbaugh wasn’t too down on his former first round draft pick.
“He did OK,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “It’s a step.”
Jenkins did help tackle cornerback Sean Smith who intercepted a pass that was thrown behind him.
“Smith’s a heck of a player,” Harbaugh said. “But on that route he got the interception, A.J. had a step on him. The throw should have been out in front, not back shoulder.”
Jenkins also helped make a solid block downfield on a 19 yard run from back up quarterback Colt McCoy. The 49ers could really use Jenkins this season. Their wide receiver group is dealing with multiple injuries. That has even forced tight end Vernon Davis to practice with wide receivers in OTAs and training camp.