San Francisco 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins knows he’ll be under the microscope from day one this season. The teams first round pick in 2012, Jenkins struggled to even get on the field. When he did see action, he failed to make any kind of an impact. Jenkins did not record a catch and saw the only pass thrown his way bounce off his hands. If he is to have any kind of a future with the 49ers, he’ll have to show significant growth in his sophomore campaign.
“Obviously, I want to contribute a lot more than I have been.” said Jenkins. “So I’m going to make that happen and come back, bigger, faster, stronger.”
Jenkins has begun to the take the steps necessary to make that happen. He spent six weeks in Atlanta training with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and fellow wide out Ricardo Lockette. The trio focused on strength and speed training. Lockette, for one, believes Jenkins is about to turn a corner.
“I think A.J. will definitely surprise a lot of people this year. Last year, he took it as a building year. This year, from what I’ve seen so far, it’s night and day. I expect big things out of him. He expects big things out of himself and (Colin Kaepernick) expects big things out of him. I think Niner nation and the Niner empire will be proud of what A.J. Jenkins brings to the field this year.”
The 49ers hope Lockette is right. With Anquan Boldin only signed for this season and Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams coming off of injuries, Jenkins has an opportunity to play a major role in the near future.