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AJ Jenkins is a 49er

Originally posted by BadgerHawk:
Woods was slow. Give Jenkins time. He needs to develop but has the skills to succeed. Many receivers don't have big 1st year impacts. Considering how little he has been active it makes sense. Not pushing a panic button here yet. And yes Pete Konz is a good player. Always was at Wisconsin. They are known for producing some quality linemen.


I hope you are right about Jenkins and that he's not another bust like Woods. So far the return on investmenting a #1 pick is 0.

With all the injuries at receiver the 9ers needed him to show up a little if not a lot.............
Originally posted by Aussie49ah:
I don't think harbaugh is the kind of coach that just gives a rookie or anyone for that matter reps if there not ready or good enough. Seems like a coach that if you get an opportunity early you gotta take it and earn your spot.

Lmj took his chance , Jacobs didn't

I think if Jenkins catches that first target we see him have an increased role but he didn't and now were here. Not everyone can be aldon smith.

It's a huge adjustment making it to the next level , give him some time.

I agree - if he makes that catch and runs for 20 yards or whatever, he's featured a bit more.

still significantly underweight
He sure looked like Chad Hall on sunday!
Originally posted by nickbradley:
I agree - if he makes that catch and runs for 20 yards or whatever, he's featured a bit more.

still significantly underweight

Guy definitely needs to put on some weight or just get stronger. Hopefully he doesn't have that body type that will just never put on weight no matter what ya do....
Originally posted by kemp_j:
Originally posted by BadgerHawk:
Woods was slow. Give Jenkins time. He needs to develop but has the skills to succeed. Many receivers don't have big 1st year impacts. Considering how little he has been active it makes sense. Not pushing a panic button here yet. And yes Pete Konz is a good player. Always was at Wisconsin. They are known for producing some quality linemen.


I hope you are right about Jenkins and that he's not another bust like Woods. So far the return on investmenting a #1 pick is 0.

With all the injuries at receiver the 9ers needed him to show up a little if not a lot.............

Look at LMJ. He didn't get his shot until Hunter went down. Reminds me of what Jerry Sloan did with his rookies, let them sit and learn. The year we drafted Derron Williams he sat behind Derrick Fisher all year. Drove me nuts.

I mean it's taken Crabtree a #10 pick 4 seasons to "get it". WR position is a very hard position to learn. Does Harbaugh trust a rookie to come in and not make a critical mistake or a veteran? Honestly I just think we are letting him sit and learn. Next year we will see what the kid actually has.

I don't expect him to be a "great" receiver anyways, but more as a piece to this offense. A possession receiver who can stretch the field with his speed.
Jenkins is probably so pissed, Chad Hall got his drop!
Originally posted by Aussie49ah:
Guy definitely needs to put on some weight or just get stronger. Hopefully he doesn't have that body type that will just never put on weight no matter what ya do....

They said he broke his hand in college so he couldn't work out.
Originally posted by Squidp:
Was listening to KNBR last night after the game and I believe they had Kevin Lynch on. He was saying AJ had similar issues at Illinois when he first arrived. He said he just wasn't ready for big game but once he does get it he will flourish.

This I trust Balke and Harbaugh. Give him some time. If he is the same next training camp and season, then it is time to possibly say wasted pick. He has blazing speed which can't be taught. I trust the coaches to develop the talent.
Originally posted by nickbradley:
Originally posted by Aussie49ah:
Guy definitely needs to put on some weight or just get stronger. Hopefully he doesn't have that body type that will just never put on weight no matter what ya do....

They said he broke his hand in college so he couldn't work out.

Fair enough. Hopefully should seen some increase in size by the offseason. Either way I liked what I saw from him and kap in pre season and they seem to get along well on the sidelines. So lets hope they workout all offseason and Aj silences some critics next year.

And leads my fantasy team to stardom lol
Originally posted by Wrathman:
Originally posted by Squidp:
Was listening to KNBR last night after the game and I believe they had Kevin Lynch on. He was saying AJ had similar issues at Illinois when he first arrived. He said he just wasn't ready for big game but once he does get it he will flourish.

This I trust Balke and Harbaugh. Give him some time. If he is the same next training camp and season, then it is time to possibly say wasted pick. He has blazing speed which can't be taught. I trust the coaches to develop the talent.
I'm going with this, too, in trusting Baalke and Harbaugh. They're not always going to be right in their player judgments, but I'm always going to give them the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise (they know a lot more about this than us).

I just hope Jenkins is tapping into the knowledge and experience that Randy Moss offers - it sounds like Moss has been kind of a player-coach this year and our team has definitely benefitted. Jenkins should be right next to Moss all the time, in his ear asking questions, learning, etc.

Remember when Jenkins was drafted, how he said one of the first things he was going to do was get in touch with Jerry Rice and seek his guidance about the WR position, run "The Hill" with Rice, etc.? I wonder if Jenkins ever did that? He has the resources right around him to help him understand the NFL game at WR and become a productive player for the team.
I'll give the guy this off season to work on it but he better start helping the cause next year!
Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
Look at LMJ. He didn't get his shot until Hunter went down. Reminds me of what Jerry Sloan did with his rookies, let them sit and learn. The year we drafted Derron Williams he sat behind Derrick Fisher all year. Drove me nuts.

I mean it's taken Crabtree a #10 pick 4 seasons to "get it". WR position is a very hard position to learn. Does Harbaugh trust a rookie to come in and not make a critical mistake or a veteran? Honestly I just think we are letting him sit and learn. Next year we will see what the kid actually has.

I don't expect him to be a "great" receiver anyways, but more as a piece to this offense. A possession receiver who can stretch the field with his speed.

Agreed.......... again, I just hope he pans out. Speed kills and another weapon for CK would be awesome!!!
Aj is gonna be fine, I watched almost every college game he played. By the time he was a senior, which he did not redshirt which is why he just turned 23, he was an absolute stud. Some guys develop a little slower. He is no project trust me. When he gets it, he will burn! This kid went from nothing to catching 96 balls by his senior year on an absolutely horrid Illinois team. This kid can fly just as well as Desean Jackson, He doesnt just run a 4.3 he has 4.3 football speed. I realize we havent gotten to see it yet, but barring health we will. He is never gonna be a physical receiver, his frame is slight. Harbaugh got him especially for Kap! As a gift. wait an see!!!!
Originally posted by Shaj:
Reminds me of Rashaun Woods.

too soon bro
Lovin the voices of reason...

What we know is that he was not prepared when he got his shot, but we aren't sure why and Harbaugh keeps things in house so it's not like we are gonna find out. His losing out on playing time is likely due to the perception formed by the coaches when he did get his shot. Since the MM injury, the coaches are looking for someone who can contribute right now, Jenkins got his shot and did nothing to gain the trust of the coaches so its next man up. Ginn got his shot and didn't do much, then Hall got his. Harbaugh is an equal opportunity coach when it comes to finding players to step up.

Jenkins has great potential and we have great coaches, as we've seen time and time again in the Harbaalke era it works itself out. Don't get me wrong, he has allot of ground to cover to justify his draft slot, but if you told me we were gonna land a WR with mid 4.3 speed, good routes, strong hands and production in college I'd say pull the trigger. After re-watching some of games on YouTube, the talent is there but his attitude and mental fortitude need I be developed. Get this kid in some boxing classes to cultivate that.