Originally written December 26, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
A.J. Jenkins' time is now. Following Sunday's season-ending knee injury to Mario Manningham, the 49ers' first-round pick finally figures to be a part of a game plan. He's been active three times this season, but has yet to catch a pass, while sitting behind the team's veteran stable of receivers. Jenkins has quietly gone about his business, trying to soak up as much as possible in both practice and from the sideline during games. "Obviously going through my whole career, I've never had to sit out," Jenkins said. "This is my first time doing it. It's different. You never really saw the game from the sideline. Now is my opportunity to play, so I have to be ready for it." It may not take a standout effort from Jenkins this week as the team hosts lowly Arizona (5-10), but it'll need some production from him during the playoffs to help offset the loss of Manningham, which came just weeks after fellow receiver Kyle Williams was a...
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