San Francisco 49ers head coach and offensive coordinator Greg Roman are impressed with what they’re seeing from 2nd year wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the Niners’ practices this week. Compared to last year where Jenkins looked lost, he’s improved to the point where he looks like a completely different player for the 49ers. Right now, Jenkins is pulling away from the other 49ers receivers in the competition for the starting wide receiver position left open by the injury of Michael Crabtree.
It wasn’t just Roman who was impressed with what they saw of Jenkins, head coach Jim Harbaugh also liked what he saw, saying “Thought A.J. had his best week of football since he’s been a 49ers the last four days of OTAs.
The competition is still very much underway for the starting position, and now it’s going to progress to the actual training camp where the Niners players will be wearing equipment and making tackles and hits instead of playing with just jerseys and helmets in the OTAs.
Jenkins will have to be able to outplay the other Niners receivers in the practices and the preseason games if he wants to land the starting job. That’s where the real competition begins because it’s a lot different playing with equipment on in real practices and preseason games than it is for the OTAs.
Jenkins was drafted by the 49ers in the 1st round last year at the #30 spot, and a lot was expected of him. Unfortunately, Jenkins didn’t live up to expectations last season and was deemed a bust in the minds of many fans. However, if he can keep playing like he did last week in practice with the 49ers then he has a real chance of fulfilling the original promise that the top 49ers brass had for him last year.