Speaking of Wide Receivers . . .

At this point, the jury is still out (but the decision is coming soon) on perennial underachiever AJ Jenkins and his bid to get out of the depths of the doghouse hole he dug himself into last year by running poor routes, dropping balls, and generally not paying much attention to the game he was picked as a 1st round draft choice for last year. According to camp reports, he’s spent most of his time in camp falling down, mis-running his routes, dropping passes, and generally spending his practices sprawled out on the field.

In other words, of all the WRs to get hurt, why hasn’t it been AJ? I’m kidding, but really. He’s had ample opportunity to get on the field with a pretty much nondescript crew of healthy WRs currently suited up, this year and last, and he’s playing like the 5th best guy on a list of 4 players. Certainly no one but the Niners FO had this guy on the radar before last year’s draft. In fact, many thought him a high 3rd rounder. I had high hopes for him when Kappy came in to start last year because they practiced a lot together when Alex Smith was the starter. Plus, there was all this happy talk from the AJ camp that he was rededicating himself to getting prepared for this season. He worked out with Kappy after the Super Bowl, and wanted to get on the same page, etc. Well, he’s not making any progress. I had some hope for him going in to camp, but as of now, he looks like a bust.

It’s hard to get them all right, but AJ was a real shot in the dark that failed. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him cut before the season starts.

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38 Responses to Speaking of Wide Receivers . . .

  1. Winder says:

    It’s understandable when players get hurt, but for us to misread a players talent especially a 1st rounder is very telling in that we didn’t do our do diligence. I know the draft has always been a crapshoot and that players don’t live up to their billing many times. But, the fact remains that we have had a terrible record in drafting WR’s for quite a while now.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Patrick Willis has a slight fracture of his right hand. He’ll apparently play through it but they will take it easy with him.

    Yeah, Winder, our record regarding FA WRs ain’t so hot either. From Antonio Bryant to Bryant Johnson to Randy Moss to Ashley Leilei to Braylon Edwards to Swett Brain, there’s a whole lot of blehhh there.

  3. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Chris Culliver was just carted off the field w/ a lt. knee injury. He was in tears as he left the practice field. That has ACL written all over it.

    My pick of the Rams to win the division is looking better by the second.

  4. NoFear49er says:

    Then again, wide receivers have a peculiar desire to be involved in the game. For the last seven / eight years we’ve had a bunch of downfield blockers who got bored quickly.

    I hear Jamaal Charles is the top target in KC this year. Shocking!

  5. Chico says:

    Culliver.. God dammit.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, the injuries are piling up. Now Culliver may be out a while. It sure didn’t appear to be a slight injury.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Get over it, NoFear. Alex is gone. The Niners are a power running team. Besides, which of these guys I mentioned lit it up after they left the unfriendly confines? THe answer is ‘none.’

    • NoFear49er says:

      Bravo! It only took you eight years to figure out we’re fielding a running offense. Previously by necessity, by the way. But just when I think there might be some hope for you you’re back to ranting about the passing game that doesn’t involve the passer. Alex may be gone but your attempts at revisionism still fall just as flat to any even slightly objective observer.

      • unca_chuck says:

        So, those guys didn’t suck? Right, NoFear. Previously by necessity? No hope for you, pal. All roads lead back to Teflon Mike and his conservative offense. . . .

  8. 12th man says:

    Cully gone for the year.

  9. Alleykat says:

    Shit,havent even gotten to the 1st preseason game and guys are dropping like flys.
    Freakin “MASH” unit of injuries to our Recievers,DB’s’ LB’s.
    Put all the Starters at a day spa till the season starts.Start the taxi squad fuckin guys for now!!

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Previously by necessity is the quote of the year, NoFear. It had nothing to do with Nolan and his vanilla offensive ideas.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Waiting for Eric Wright to pop back up on our radar.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    I’ve only been saying for the past 9 years to open up the offense some, NoFear. Run some more multi-WR sets, spread the field, etc. Through 3 coaches, it still hasn’t happened yet.

    What is your point? Nolan and Sing were limited by Alex, and Harbaugh is making a conscious choice to follow their path even though he doesn’t have to? Right.

    For all the talk of Harbaugh and the more explosive offense, they are running the ball more under Harbaugh/Kappy than the Sing/Raye Gun offense and the Nolan/Hostler nightmare.

  13. snarkk says:

    I said early and often, and I wasn’t the only one, that first round picks (other than maybe OLmen) don’t just sit for an entire first season like Jenkins did. Unless they suck and are a bust. Now, we hear tell of he’s sucking in practice, can’t stay on his feet, etc. What? The guy can’t run routes without falling down? This can’t end well. If he’s a bust, I’d like to at least see him play for a half of an upcoming practice game to see how bad he really is before they cut him. A first round pick wide out should be a stud, no brainer who plays the first season, period, unless he’s hurt. Baalke has some ‘splainin to do on this one…

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, not all drafts are home runs, but Jenkins was WAY down the depth chart of every other team. Not sure what the Niner FO saw that no one else did. While it isn’t unprecedented for 1st year WRs to not be very impactful, 0 catches is pretty glaring. Especially due to the fact that the Niners were running out of WRs by the time the playoffs started and he still could barely get any action. As it’s going now. He should be at least the 3 guy, not struggling to get in the top 5.

    • snarkk says:

      If he is a bust, it doesn’t say much for Big 10 competition that he caught 90 balls or whatever in his last season in that league…

  15. unca_chuck says:

    There’s a big difference between college and the pros. Usually WRs and RBs translate pretty well. Some guys (re: VD, Crabs) take time to get there. Rice had a so-so opening year, and John Taylor took a couple years to get going. Some guys like Moss jump in and hit the ground running, so to speak.

  16. 12th man says:

    Hawkins and Collie signed says everything about Jenkins.

    I’m also discouraged by the lack of effort to take a CB higher in THIS years draft. This is not me using hindsight, I said it at the time and now with the most promising DB gone for the year we have a can of smashed assholes trying to step up.

    Niners clearly needed a replacement for Goldson and a high pick CB, they got the safety. Baalke rolled the dice and it bit him big time. While I’m at it WTF is with his ability to get 3 good WR at the same time? Sure nobody can predict injury but he has yet to put 3 good WR on roster simultaneously let alone a couple of decent up and comers for depth.


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  18. ninerdog says:

    One week down, and so are a lot of 49ers. I think Namdi Asomua…pardon the misspelling of the next possible nickel back, will have to evolve into a right cornerback to play. He has had his success with the Raiders, playing Tarrell Brown’s position which is defending the right side of the offense. They are not going to ask Tarrell to move to the other side so Namdi will have to adjust or go home. Don’t know if he can, sum ting to watch for tho. He has not shown he can be “adaptable”. That was part of the problem in Philly. A good player has to adapt, improvise and…kick ass, right No Fear?

    It sure doesn’t look like the gaggle of WR’s are going to step up next to Mr. Boldan, so here comes Austin (“Lassie…are you trying to say Timmy’s in the well?”) Collie and Lavelle Hawkins (Marshawn Lynch’s cousin) from the Titans. I thought Jenkins would step up, but I think these signings speak a lot more than Harbaugh’s words of encouragement do.

    Willis’s hand needs to heal, he sure doesn’t need to be in any more contact this preseason. Just let the vets heal up, tune’em up before the real season begins and go.
    This past week has been bloody!

  19. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Chuck, you were a backup WR in high school. I believe that now qualifies you to start opposite Anquan Boldin for the Niners. I’m expecting Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman to show up at any time. Our WR corps has “The Replacements” (2000) written all over it.

  20. Del Mar Dennis says:

    How bad is Kevin Kolb? He tripped over a wet mat while jogging onto the practice field and injured his left knee today. At least our guys get injured on the practice field.

  21. ninerdog says:

    Those two WR signings cleared the training room this morning, all activated WR’s who missed practice Friday were at practice this morning.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    I just tried to have lunch at the mayor’s diner next door, a very famous place.
    They forgot my spoon.
    They forgot my whole order.
    Fortunately, the owner’s wife knows me.
    I felt like falling down and breaking a hip coming home. I can’t imagine what wide receivers go through. But Kappy will take a lot of the pressure off with his running.

  23. rtfirefly2 says:

    My friend’s daughter just lost in the State semifinals here in softball. She just went to ABQ with her team for a fine meal.
    New Mexico is one weird place, and I’ll be bery, bery happy when the tourists are gone and the kids are back in school.
    Meanwhile, back to movies! It’s too hot for anything else.

  24. Winder says:

    I have come to the conclusion that Seawad fans are the most moronic group of people on the face of the planet.

    • Winder says:

      What a colossal waste of beautiful country to house those idiots.

      • NJ49er says:

        Have to agree Winder.
        They find a QB that can barely see above the OL, get a cheap victory courtesy of the Scab Officials and suddenly they have Lombardi Eyes?

        So, they invite Guinness & Co over for a shot at the Loudest Stadium Record in Week 2, so the 9ers can’t audible?
        Why not? It’s their claim to fame.
        Loud, obnoxious and, completely full of themselves.

        PED Pete and the 12th Man Amplifiers should audition for a reality sitcom.

        How about SeaCheat’n and Dream’n in Scenic Loudness?
        Hey Seattle, Go Fawk Yourselves.

  25. rtfirefly2 says:

    Chuck, speaking of New Mexico tourism, which we are not…
    Don’t even try to 4-wheel at this time of year. We just got 4 inches of rain in 2 hours.
    Wait. October is a beautiful time of year to tour and hike.
    -The New Mexico Tourism Bureau, unofficial of course, it’s really me.

  26. Nipper says:

    Pre-Season FOOTBALL SUCKS!

  27. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up. Just for you, Nippy.

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