Some readers have expressed concern regarding my minicamp analysis of Niners rookie wide receiver, A.J. Jenkins. I called him the biggest letdown of minicamp and one of the worst wide receivers on the field for those three days. Some readers said those statements were hyperbolic and lacked evidence.
Below are my unofficial stats from last week’s minicamp. Hopefully, they clear up my statements from my minicamp review.
Keep in mind – I like A.J. Jenkins. He’s seems like a gentleman, and I hope he has a great career. But it’s my job to be your eyes and ears at minicamp and to tell the truth.
Is A.J. Jenkins a bust because he struggled in a three-day non-contact June minicamp? Of course not. Don’t draw any conclusions from those three days. For all I know, Jenkins tore it up at the closed practices, and he’ll tear it up at training camp. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. The three-day minicamp was a mere snapshot, and therefore limited in what it revealed.
A.J. Jenkins: 7 catches, 1 TD.
Tuesday: Beat undrafted rookie CB Deante Purvis and caught a deep pass in one-on-one drills. On the third-team offense, caught an intermediate pass from Colin Kaepernick and a short pass from Josh Johnson.
Wednesday: Two targets, one drop – in the end zone, off his fingertips. One uncontested interception – undrafted rookie CB Anthony Mosely jumped his short route and Jenkins did not make an attempt to break up the interception.
Thursday: Two short receptions on passes from Scott Tolzien. Another short reception on a pass from Kaepernick. A touchdown catch in a red zone drill after Kaepernick held onto the ball for about six seconds, sprinted out of the pocket and flicked the ball to Jenkins in the back of the end zone. One drop. One muffed punt – he misjudged it and let it bounce in front of his feet.
Michael Crabtree: 11 catches, 1 TD, 1 drop.
Randy Moss: 11 catches, 1 TD.
Mario Manningham: 6 catches, 8 targets, 0 drops.
Kyle Williams: 13 catches, 3 TDs, including the catch of the day on Wednesday.
Vernon Davis: 13 catches, 3 TDs, 1 drop.
Brett Swain: 8 catches.
Joe Hastings: 7 catches, 1 TD.
Nathan Palmer: 8 catches, including a left-hand-only catch on a pass thrown behind him.
Brian Tyms: 11 catches, including the catch of the day on Thursday.
Chris Owusu: 3 catches, 5 targets 0 drops.
Konrad Reuland: 10 catches, 2 TDs.
Kyle Nelson: 6 catches, 1 TD.
Garrett Celek: 2 catches.
Nate Byham: 1 catch.