A.J. Jenkins was a very productive wide receiver in his senior year at the University of Illinois. A relatively obscure prospect coming into his final year, he exploded onto many radars with a 12 catch 268 yard effort against Northwestern. Jenkins also possesses speed to contribute in the return game and showed impressive straight line speed with a 4.39 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He is pretty raw at route running at the moment and doesn’t exactly attack the ball when it is in the air, but he has ability to take the top off of the defense a la a Mike Wallace.
In San Francisco, it will be interesting to see how much playing time that he gets. The 49ers now have Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree, and A.J. Jenkins. Could Crabtree be on his way out? With that type of depth, wait on a roster move to commit to A.J. Jenkins next year and I’m not sure if I would even be all too confident because you just don’t know which Alex Smith will show up next year. And the 49ers seem like a run first team anyways that uses multiple tight ends.
All in all, this is a very confusing move. Surely there’s more going on in San Francisco than we know about. Be sure to monitor the airwaves for any news regarding depth chart or roster moves.
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