SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ first round pick, A.J. Jenkins, did not catch a pass in the regular season. He was not a contributor. This afternoon, Jim Harbaugh was asked if Jenkins can contribute in the playoffs. Here’s what Harbaugh said.
Q: Where is A.J. Jenkins in his development? Can he contribute in the playoffs?
HARBAUGH: Do I think he can? Yes. Do we need him to? Yes. We need him to step up. Definitely think he’s capable of doing it.
Q: Crabtree has dominated a lot of the targets. Do you need someone else to step up alongside him and take the pressure off?
HARBAUGH: I think we have that. I think we have guys – Randy Moss, Delanie Walker, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore.
Now, A.J. Jenkins? Capable? Yes. Step up? Yes. Definitely think he can do that.
LaMichael – same situation. He’s been doing a nice job in that department.