-After having a couple of rough practices in row, A.J. Jenkins bounced back with a solid effort on Tuesday. The embattled wide out caught three passes during the session after only having one total the previous two days. Jenkins did not see a lot of work early in the practice however, adding fuel to the growing rumors that he may be falling out of favor with the team.
The reality of the situation is that Jenkins has to make plays in games. He’s going to see a lot of snaps over the next few weeks and is one nice play away from turning a corner. It’s becoming a little redundant to take the temperature on the Jenkins situation every day, but on a team with few question marks, his development (or lack there of) will probably continue to take center stage.
– Kyle Williams and Austin Collie both had good practices as they caught four passes each. If healthy, Williams will play a big role in the passing game this season. Collie has continued to grow as he learns the 49ers’ offense. Even though he may not provide much in the way of special teams, it may be hard for the 49ers to keep him off the roster.
-Rookie free safety Eric Reid has continued to impress and is working with the first team defense in practice. While he will see a lot of action Friday night, Vic Fangio is yet to say if he will start or not. Reid, as well as outside linebacker Corey Lemonier, have looked very good early on. Fangio went as far as to say Lemonier may be ahead of where Aldon Smith was at this point in his rookie season in terms of the transition to stand up outside linebacker.
As far as the other rookies, Fangio also said that he doesn’t expect to see Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial anytime soon. The 49ers selected both players knowing they would be on the shelf initially.
“The only time you get disappointed is when you’re expecting something to happen for you’re hoping something happens,” Fangio said. “When we drafted those two guys, this was the picture that was painted. So we’re not surprised that they haven’t hit the field, yet. And it doesn’t look like they’ll hit it real soon, either.
“That’s what was expected when we drafted them, much like (Marcus) Lattimore, the running back. Not to his extent, but that was the picture that was painted.”
On the offensive side of the ball, tight end Vance McDonald will not play Friday because of an undisclosed injury. Jim Harbaugh said he would be out seven to 10 days as a precaution. Receiver Quinton Patton continues to wear a non contact jersey as he recovers from an injury to his index finger on his left hand. There has been not official word on when he may return.
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