Originally posted by buck:
One example that I gave was Ian Williams. Williams had next to no production in his first two years with the team.
Williams in his first two years with the team played 39 snaps in four games. He had a total of 3 tackles.
Harbaugh, Fangio, Tomsula, and Baalke liked his potential even though his production was minimal.
They signed him to an extension.
Williams was a UFA, just the fact that he made the roster in his first year is a sign that our coaches liked him.
Jenkins was a first round pick, and no matter what Harbaugh, Roman, or any other coach says, first round picks get a FREE PASS in their first year. It is certainly not a "meritocracy" when it comes to first round draft picks.
A UFA making an NFL roster is a very impressive accomplishment, their arrow is UP. Now that Williams is competing for a starting job in year three, his arrow is still up, as it has always been.
On the other hand, a first round pick making an NFL roster is no accomplishment at all. Simply because a first round pick made the team, doesn't suggest anything about him.
Unlike most first round draft picks, who either start, contribute, or show potential during practice in their first year, Jenkins has not actually done anything to separate himself from the UFA WR's on this team; and he is now in his second year. Nor has he done anything to make a journalist, teammate, coach, or other observer say anything besides the typical teammate/coach drivel.
For example, we never hear things like,
"Wow, what a catch by Jenkins in practice."
"Jenkins burned the DB, but the quarterback missed the throw."
"Jenkins looks really sharp and quick with his breaks."
"Jenkins has a knack for getting open."
"Jenkins looks a step faster than the other receivers."
From Ian Williams, (who accomplished making the 53 as a UFA) we hear things like,
"Williams a really looking strong and powerful."
"Williams created good pressure against the first string line."
"Williams is looking a lot more athletic."
From Aldon Smith (a first round pick), we heard things like,
"Aldon Smith sure looks the part."
"Aldon Smith is still learning, but he shows amazing ability at times."
"Aldon Smith just pancaked a tackle at practice."
From our own first round pick this year, Eric Reid,
"Eric Reid anticipated a route and made a really nice interception."
"Eric Reid is getting some reps with the first team defense."
"Eric Reid is raw, but he has made some impressive pass deflections."
It would be nice to hear at least ONE thing about Jenkins that makes him stand out from the pack of UFA's he's competing with. We haven't though, and fans are especially frustrated about it, because we could have REALLY used another WR talent right about now.