Found May 14, 2012 on
San Francisco 49ers 1st-round pick A.J. Jenkins took some heat last week when Jim Harbaugh criticized his conditioning on the first day of rookie camp. But according to 49ers defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, Jenkins is in better shape than Aldon Smith was when he first reported to camp in 2011.
Sopoaga had this to say to the San Francisco Chronicle about Smith’s debut:
“I wish his agent would have warned him about this being a different level of training. I was kind of feeling bad for him when our first time last week he was running the hills and he was drooling, he was throwing up. I was thinking ‘Uh oh, come on now. Welcome to the pros.’”
Any time a rookie shows up out of shape it raises a red flag, but as Smith proved last year it is possible to overcome a slow start.
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SAN FRANCISCO– The 49ers bewildered the football community when they chose wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the first round. Jenkins was taken off the board before higher ranked names such as Stephen Hill and many others.
Jenkins was brought in to be that top flight speedster that could become a consistent deep threat.
Now the only problem is that he may not be in shape.
Quarterback – Alex Smith: In 2011 Alex Smith went from being forever heralded as one of the biggest draft busts in recent history to a solid starting quarterback.
In 2012, the 49ers hope Smith can take this rapid transformation to the next level. With all they’ve done to improve at wide receiver this offseason, Smith has no excuse not to put up big passing numbers next...
Round 1 (30thOverall)
A.J. Jenkins, Wide Receiver, Illinois
Jenkins was projected to go in the second round by the majority of scouts. While many would view at this as an indictment of the pick, I certainly do not. Jenkins is an explosive receiver with top-end speed. He may not be the best route runner out there, but the 49ers had more of a need for a burner than a possession...
The 49ers have had a very interesting offseason. Not content to rest on their laurels, they have added some serious explosiveness to their offense through free agency. Their draft strategy was no different. While the 49ers certainly made some surprising picks and maybe a few reaches here and there, they had a successful draft overall because they added to dynamic playmakers in A...
The 2012 season is likely over for 49ers rookie fifth-round pick Darius Fleming, who suffered a torn ACL at the team's rookie minicamp. NFL.com reported Fleming was injured according to the former Notre Dame linebacker's agent, Andy Simms. Fleming sat out midway through the team's first workout with what was believed to be a hamstring injury.
The San Francisco 49ers had a chance to fill some holes in this draft but reached too often and failed to add any instant-impact players. It was a disappointing haul for a team hoping to make another deep playoff run in 2012.
A.J. Jenkins is a talented receiver but was a huge reach in the late 1st round. He put together a solid 2011 season, but has always been inconsistent and...
In the 2012 Illini spring game, they seemed to have the same exact issue that they have during the final seven games of 2011- throwing the ball forward.
Perhaps part of the spring scrimmage m.o. was to hold back that part of the offense, but then again it’s a preseason exhibition why wouldn’t you let it fly?
Unless it’s simply because you can’t?
And the statistics for starting...
Tough break for rookie linebacker Darius Fleming at San Francisco's minicamp.
The team, along with the MRI results, have confirmed that it is indeed a torn ACL, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Fleming, chosen 165th overall in the 5th round, came down on his knee awkwardly during a non-contact drill.