It’s no secret that AJ Jenkins had a disappointing rookie season after being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. But after failing to catch a single pass in his first year, the San Francisco 49ers now need Jenkins to perform much better in his second season after Michael Crabtree’s injury.
Apparently, Jenkins has been showing signs in camp lately of doing just that.
Jenkins has apparently been targeted “early and often” by Colin Kaepernick, including a 70 yard touchdown pass, which is the longest recorded play of 49ers training camp to date.
Says Jenkins, “I feel a lot better than I did last year at this time, but I feel great, I feel comfortable in the offense and so we’ll see what happens.”
For the 49ers sake, they better hope Jenkins can come through for them and become a standout in a depleted wide receiving corps. It would not be surprising to see Jenkins receive a decent amount of preseason action as the coaches get him adjusted to the NFL after essentially a red-shirt rookie season. San Francisco’s first preseason game is Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, and will likely give at least some solid indication as to how much Jenkins has really improved in the offseason.