Originally written August 13, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
When the San Francisco 49ers selected A.J. Jenkins with the 30th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the entire league was shocked. The wide receiver out of Illinois wasn’t expected to be picked until the late second or early third round. After an incredibly disappointing rookie season, word out of the Bay Area is that Jenkins may not even make roster in his second season. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee believes Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams and Quinton Patton already have spots on the roster locked up. After that, it looks like Marlon Moore and Kassim Osgood both have a chance to make the team thanks to the contributions they can make on special teams. The team also just signed Austin Collie, but he has never been able to stay healthy before so expecting that to change now is probably a pipe dream. Still, that’s five receivers without Collie and Jenkins hasn’t even been mentioned. Despite being healthy for all of the 2012 season, Jenkins was only active for three games and was only targeted once. He dropped the pass. So as a first-round pick he caught a grand total of zero passes during his rookie season. Jenkins’ talent is undeniable. He’s quick, fluid running routs and can get to top speed quickly. That said, he’s been awful in training camp and offers zero value on special teams. Would the 49ers actually cut a first-round pick just a year after drafting him? That seems like a stretch to me, but if Michael Crabtree was healthy it would seem the team would have no choice but to do so. Crabtree is out thanks to an torn Achilles’ tendon and if he plays at all in 2013 it won’t be until late in the season. That may save Jenkins. Still the fact that Jenkins hasn’t even solidified a roster spot at this point in his career has to be troublesome for 49ers fans. The post San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Jenkins not a lock to make roster appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Report: Carson Palmer's nerve injury 'still lingering'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

49ers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.