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15 A.J. Jenkins WR
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 9/30/1989 | Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL, USA | Team: Kansas City | College: Illinois | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Andy Reid: A.J. Jenkins came on strong


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Chiefs coach Andy Reid said receiver A.J. Jenkins made "big strides" late last season. Acquired in a trade with the 49ers, Jenkings caught three passes for 67 yards in his first start, the regular-season finale at San Diego, and had a 27-yard reverse in the playoff loss to the Colts.

“I think you saw what he can do there,” Reid told the Kansas City Star. "You saw it again in the playoff game. He’s a capable player. I thought he made big strides last year."


Chiefs 'very excited' about A.J. Jenkins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) The Chiefs are "very excited" about the potential of third-year wideout A.J. Jenkins, reports ESPN. Jenkins was acquired in an August trade with the 49ers and finished the season with eight catches for 130 yards.

Jenkins was San Francisco's first-round pick in 2012.


A.J. Jenkins paces Chiefs with seven targets, 67 receiving yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Chiefs receiver A.J. Jenkins got a chance to shine with wideout Dwayne Bowe (concussion) and other starters sitting out Week 17. Jenkins caught three passes while posting team highs in targets (7) and receiving yards (67).

Jenkins finishes the regular season with eight catches for 130 yards and no touchdowns.


Chiefs receivers held in check Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Chiefs backup receivers Dexter McCluster, Junior Hemingway, Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins produced decent games Week 13.

Hemingway was the most successful of the bunch, catching three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. McCluster caught five balls for 43 yards. He also carried the ball once, but did not pick up any yards. Jenkins caught three passes for 35 yards, but had a killer drop on a long play in the third quarter. They'll take on Washington Week 14. Avery caught two passes for 16 yards. 


Chiefs pass catchers make minimal impact Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Chiefs pass catchers Anthony Fasano, A.J. Jenkins and Anthony Sherman didn't make a big impact Week 12 against the Chargers.

Fasano was the most successful, catching four passes for 21 yards. Though he averaged just 5.3 yards per catch, he managed to score on a 4 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Jenkins caught one pass for 22 yards. Sherman also caught one pass, but it went for just 8 yards. 

They'll take on the Broncos Week 13. 


A.J. Jenkins goes without catch Week 6


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Chiefs wide receiver A.J. Jenkins was targeted once during the Week 6 win at home over the Raiders. Jenkins did not make a catch in the game. The 24-year-old receiver has one catch this season, the only one of his career. 

A.J. Jenkins making 'smooth' transition


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Chiefs wide receiver A.J. Jenkins has had a "smooth" transition since being acquired from San Francisco in a Aug. 19 trade.

"It’s been real smooth," Jenkins said, per NFL.com. "(The) coaches have been making it as smooth as possible, as well as the team. The guys are bringing me in with a good vibe; my family has been supporting me really well, so, it’s been a pretty good transition."

Jenkins said it's also been beneficial to be reunited with quarterback Alex Smith, who he worked with in San Francisco.

"It’s great," Jenkins said. "Alex is a guy I first knew, when I first got into the league last year in San Francisco. He’s been a great help with me, back then as a rookie, and now he’s doing it here, as far as the playbook, helping me out. So, just knowing the guy like that helps me, being out there with him."


Trade a new chance for disappointing A.J. Jenkins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) New Chiefs wide receiver A.J. Jenkins struggled to stand out in San Francisco, so he is hoping Monday's trade to Kansas City helps the 2012 first-round pick find his way. He thinks playing with Alex Smith again could help him along the way.

"When I first got there, me and Alex were working out a lot together," Jenkins told NFL.com. "We were talking a lot about the offense, trying to get me up to speed with the offense. It's kind of like the same thing now; he's been here since the offseason, now he has to put me up to speed again with the playbook. So, we'll just keep on working and keep on doing what we do."

Jenkins appeared in just three games for the 49ers as a rookie and never seemed to impress the coaching staff much this preseason. For his part, Smith thinks Jenkins might have a better chance of fulfilling his potential with lowered expectations in Kansas City.

"It was a different situation there, when he came in; that's a veteran team, a lot of pieces in place, so it wasn't his job from the jump," he said. "He came in and had to battle for it. It was a deeper roster there and for whatever reason, it didn't work out. He's a guy with a ton of talent, a lot of speed; I think the change will do him some good."


49ers trade A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs for Jon Baldwin


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2013) The 49ers have traded receiver A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs for receiver Jon Baldwin

Both players fell out of favor with their previous teams. Baldwin had been beaten by Donnie Avery for the No. 2 receiver role in Kansas City while Jenkins failed to latch on to any role with the Niners in training camp. 

In two years with the Chiefs Baldwin totaled 41 catches for 579 yards and two scores. Jenkins has yet to make a catch in a regular-season game. 


A.J. Jenkins continues to disappoint


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins showed yet again Friday against the Chiefs why he is in danger of not making the team, despite being a first-round pick last season.

Jenkins was targeted twice in the preseason game, and he failed to bring in either pass thrown his way. Jenkins has just one reception for 11 yards, along with a fumble. He has reportedly fallen way down on the receiver depth charts at this point. 


La Canfora can see Niners cutting A.J. Jenkins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins continues to disappoint since being selected with a 2012 first-round pick, and CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora wrote Wednesday he could see the 49ers heading into the regular season without Jenkins on the roster.

It has been reported throughout training camp that Jenkins has fallen outside of the team's top-six on the receiver depth chart, and it is looking more and more likely that the team could cut its losses already.  


Report: A.J. Jenkins not among 49ers' top six receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) 49ers wideout A.J. Jenkins, the team's 2012 first-round pick, "simply hasn't been one of the six best receivers in training camp," reports the Sacramento Bee. Jenkins gives the team "almost no value on special teams," so if he makes the roster his teammates will conclude his "first-round status bought him another year."

49ers still waiting on WR to step up


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/9/2013) The 49ers are looking for a receiver to step up opposite Anquan Boldin with Michael Crabtree (Achilles) out, and the group had mixed results during Thursday's preseason opener against Denver, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Coach Jim Harbaugh praised receivers Marlon Moore, who started the game, and Kassim Osgood, who played well both on offense and on special teams. As far as A.J. Jenkins, who played more snaps than any other receiver but who ranked 10th in receiving yards Thursday. "Ah, it could have been better," Harbaugh said.

Newcomer Austin Collie got into the game at the end and had two catches for 20 yards. "A little foreign because it's been so long," said Collie, who missed most of the 2012 season with a knee injury. "But it felt good."


A.J. Jenkins disappoints in first tryout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins led the team's receiving corps in snaps in Thursday's preseason opener against the Broncos according to the Sacramento Bee, but he failed to make much of an impact.

Jenkins brought in just one catch for 11 yards, while being targeted three times. He fumbled the ball on his lone catch, and also had a pass intended for him intercepted out of the hands of Colt McCoy.

Jenkins is trying to earn a starting spot opposite Anquan Boldin in the preseason and training camp, but has reportedly not impressed with his effort.

 


A.J. Jenkins has missed multiple practices


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/2/2013) 49ers second-year receiver A.J. Jenkins has missed multiple practices because of a hamstring injury, Comcast Sportsnet reports. The team is bringing in several free-agent receivers for workouts because of this and other injuries that have ravaged the unit. 

The talk of camp in terms of receivers remains Chad Hall, who has done a nice job in practice so far. 


Report: A.J. Jenkins injures hamstring


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) A bad training camp just got worse for 49ers wideout A.J. Jenkins, who left Tuesday's practice after apparently pulling a hamstring, reports the Sacramento Bee. The 2012 first-round pick is just the latest San Francisco receiver to get hurt.

49ers WR roundup: Hall impressing, Jenkins not


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/30/2013) The 49ers have a hole to fill opposite Anquan Boldin with Michael Crabtree expected to miss much of the regular season but no one's stepped up thus far in camp. Kyle Williams (hamstring) and Ricardo Lockette (hip) both are sidelined and Marlon Moore, Kassim Osgood and Quinton Patton (jammed finger) appear gimpy as well according to Comcast Sportsnet. 

Second-year receiver and former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins hasn't ascended, per the report. He didn't have any receptions in team drills on Sunday and remains undistinguished. 

If there's been a bright spot, it's been Chad Hall. Per the report, he's made the biggest impact of all the receivers and has even caught the eye of teammate Vernon Davis. 

"I really like Chad," Davis said. "He's quick, he's fast, (and) he's doing everything that the coaches are asking him to do and he comes to work."


Anquan Boldin aside, 49ers WRs not stepping forward


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Michael Crabtree's torn Achilles tendon presented a huge opportunity for the 49ers' other wideouts. But except for Anquan Boldin, "none of the other receivers stepped forward in the first four practices," reports CSNBayArea.com. "In fact, the receiver position is currently weaker than it was when camp began."

Last year's first-round pick, A.J. Jenkins, "has not distinguished himself" in practice and made zero catches in Sunday's 11-on-11 drills. Kyle Williams is nursing a hamstring injury that kept him out Sunday. Rookie Quinton Patton is dealing with a jammed finger.

Only the undersized Chad Hall, promoted from the practice squad for last year's playoffs, has impressed.

"I really like Chad," tight end Vernon Davis said, according to the report. "He's quick, he's fast, (and) he's doing everything that the coaches are asking him to do and he comes to work."

Off Monday, the 49ers return to practice Tuesday.


49ers work to replace Crabtree


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/26/2013) The 49ers are trying to replace the injured Michael Crabtree (Achilles), and it looks like A.J. Jenkins will get the first crack at the starting job. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Jenkins lined up with the starters Thursday opposite Anquan Boldin.

Kyle Williams, fresh off the PUP list Thursday after last year's torn ACL, said the team has depth to help replace Crabtree. Also competing for time will be Mario Manningham, Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton.

Manningham, who was second on the team behind Crabtree with 42 receptions last season, figures to be about a month away from making a return to practice after his own ACL tear last year, reports Comcast Sports Net.


49ers have battle to start at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/21/2013) The battle to replace the injured Michael Crabtree (Achilles) as a starting receiver for the 49ers opposite Anquan Boldin might come down to A.J. Jenkins vs. Quinton Patton.

Comcast Sports Net reports that Jenkins heads into training camp with what appears to be a slight lead over Patton and Ricardo Lockette. Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham did not take part in the offseason program due to knee injuries, but they figure to be factors in the competition, too.

Williams is expected to be cleared for the opening of training camp, while Manningham is more than a month behind Williams' rehab schedule.


Niners' Jenkins impressive this spring


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2013) A.J. Jenkins has impressed thus far in offseason practices. The San Jose Mercury News says Jenkins had a great week after adding 10 pounds to his frame and working this offseason with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jenkins has looked more comfortable in the offense and seems to be playing fast without thinking about his assignment. "He made clutch catches for us when we were moving the ball," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "He just made plays and needs to continue that."

Jenkins has chance to start


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/24/2013) Comcast Sports Net reports that A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette will compete during the remainder of the 49ers' offseason program to replace injured receiver Michael Crabtree (Achilles), coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday on a radio interview. "We'll put Jenkins, Patton, Ricardo Lockette at the same position and let them compete and emerge," Harbaugh said. "The good news is somebody will emerge because they have to."

Jenkins moves up depth chart


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2013) USA Today reports 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon on Tuesday and will undergo surgery. It is not known if he will try to play this season. This could help second-year receiver A.J. Jenkins get more playing time behind Anquan Boldin, who should ascend to the No. 1 receiver spot.

GM: Jenkins didn't know the offense


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2013) 49ers GM Trent Baalke told reporters Thursday rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins didn't play very much in 2012 because he didn't know the offense. He had one target in three games where he was active. "He's a young guy that came out of a college system that's taken a while to grasp to the pro system," Baalke said. "It's not a work ethic issue, it's not a skill set issue. It's learning the craft at the pro level. And that's a position historically that some have adapted to more quickly than others."

Jenkins promises to be better


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/6/2013) Niners first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, who coach Jim Harbaugh got behind in late July when he told experts to not label him a bust, turned out to be exactly that in 2012. Showing up to training camp out of shape and never really getting much of a chance to play, Jenkins finished his rookie year with zero catches. Speaking after the team's loss in Super Bowl XLVII, Jenkins told the Sacramento Bee he's going to turn things around and become "a totally different player." "Obviously, I want to contribute a lot more than I have been," said Jenkins, who plans to work with Colin Kaepernick this offseason. "So I'm going to make that happen and come back bigger, faster, stronger."