Can A.J. Jenkins contribute in the playoffs? Harbaugh: “Do I think he can? Yes. Do we need him to? Yes.”

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.

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