This past April, the 49ers pulled off a bit of a head-scratcher, selecting receiver A.J. Jenkins with their first-round draft pick, No. 30 overall. It’s not to say Jenkins isn’t a good football player — his highly-productive college resume speaks for itself — but many expected the club to go in a different direction.
Those who were against the pick were given some ammo during minicamp, when Jenkins showed up overweight and out of shape. He struggled mightily in OTAs and is already stuck in a logjam at the position. Speculation arose that he could be frequently inactive on game days.
Needless to say, he’s gotten off to a slow start.
However, Jenkins recently said that he’s made “long strides” and in better shape as training camp gets underway. Coach Jim Harbaugh, presumably tired of the detractors, defended Jenkins and fired back to reporters on Sunday. He opened his press conference with the following, courtesy of ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
“(WR) A.J. Jenkins was an outstanding football ...