A.J. Jenkins addresses conditioning criticism


A.J. Jenkins addresses conditioning criticism

A.J. Jenkins says he doesnt read what is written about himon the internet. But that doesnt mean he hasnt heard the criticism.I dont pay attention to any of that stuff, Jenkins said.I dont go on the internet and I dont Google my name. I dont do none of thatstuff. Theres no point.Whether hes lying, has others report to him from theinternet or has the power of osmosis, Jenkins has still been aware of the talkabout him not being in shape when he reported to rookie minicamp.Ive made long strides, the 49ers first-round draft picksaid. Obviously I had some criticism when I first came in as far as being inshape, being a bust.Jenkins reported early to 49ers training camp Monday,as did all rookies and selected veterans. Full-squad workouts begin Friday.Jenkins believes he has addressed the conditioning woes thatcaught him flak him at rookie minicamp. The first-team All-Big Ten widereceiver admitted in June that he wasnt in the shape he needed to be.I thought I was working real hard back in Jacksonville, but you come out here, its atotally different speed, totally different workout, Jenkins said after thefirst practice at rookie minicamp. Everythings a lot faster.REWIND: Jenkins struggles through first 49ers practice
Coach Jim Harbaugh, speaking about the rookie receivers as awhole at rookie minicamp said that while they looked good out of shape isthe bad news.Jenkins said he has been working very hard to be ready fortraining camp. In addition to studying the playbook like crazy, Jenkins saidhis off-season training program was pretty intense.Im definitely trying to be in shape as much as I can,Jenkins said. Im just trying to do my part so I can go out there and justplay ball.Jenkins has yet to take up Hall of Famer Jerry Rice on hisoffer to run the famous Hill. Veterans introduced Rice to the Hill, a horsetrail above Edgewood Park in San Carlos, his rookie season, and thetwo-and-one-half-mile trail became a central part of his training regimen.Rice reached out to Jenkins on Twitter in May to run theHill with him, and Jenkins said at rookie minicamp that he would do it. Justnot yetObviously not right now because of the fact that weve gotcamp, nut hopefully one day I can get in contact with him, and hopefully we cando it, Jenkins said.RELATED: Rice challenges Jenkins to run 'The Hill'
Although he may not have run with Rice yet, Jenkins stillhas tried to learn from the 49ers current wide receivers.I talked to them over the offseason kind of to seewhat they do to kind of get their bodies right for camp, Jenkins said. Ivetaken a lot of advice from (Randy Moss and Mario Manningham), and even (Michael)Crabtree and Ted Ginn, so Ive really just been like a sponge.

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only two quarterbacks currently on the 49ers' roster.

Is Hoyer operating as if he will be the starter in 2017?

"Yeah for sure. I think that's what I was brought in to do at this point," Hoyer said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning. "And the thing that I've learned in this profession, and really in life, is not worry about things you can't control. I can't control who they draft with the second pick tomorrow and I'm not gonna live my life worrying about it."

The 49ers own the second overall pick in the draft and are reportedly strongly considering taking a QB with that selection.

Even if they do, it doesn't mean that player will start from Day 1.

Hoyer worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland during the 2014 season -- he started a career-high 13 games with the Browns and threw for a career-best 3,326 yards.

"I'm gonna go out there and do what I think my job is at this point," Hoyer added. "And I'm gonna do that as long as I can until they tell me it's not my job anymore."


Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman, who was not retained this season on Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff, will be coming back to the organization in a permanent fashion.

Rathman, 54, who spent a total of 23 seasons as a player and coach, will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, CEO Jed York announced on Tuesday.

“Tom Rathman embodies everything this organization wants in its players, coaches and staff,” York said in a statement. “Throughout his more than two decades with our team, Tom set a tone for the 49ers both on and off the field. As a player, he was selfless, hard-working and dedicated to bringing his best every single day. Tom coached very much the same way.

"It was his mission to help every man he coached realize his full potential, as both a player and a man. Tom is family and we are so thrilled to induct him into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, where he will take his place among the all-time greats in our team’s history.”

Rathman discussed having a role on the 49ers’ coaching staff after the hiring of Shanahan. But Shanahan had already promised the position of running backs coach to Bobby Turner.

“It was all positive,” said Rathman told NBC Sports Bay Area in February. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it. Being in the business for 28 years, playing and coaching, you understand what it is. You can never take anything for granted.”

Rathman played for the 49ers from 1986 to ’93. He was a starter on two Super Bowl-winning teams and seven NFC West champions. Used mostly as a lead-blocker for Roger Craig, Rathman’s best season came in 1989, when he caught 73 passes for 616 yards.

After his playing career concluded with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994, Rathman entered into a career in coaching. He coached under Steve Mariucci from 1997 to 2002. He returned to coach with the 49ers in 2009, serving on the coaching staffs of head coaches Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.

“I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er," Rathman said in a statement. "I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go because that’s who I am. It feels great to be with the guys who are already in the 49ers Hall of Fame. Dating back to Joe Perry, it’s an honor to be associated with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark.

"That’s a lot of history right there. To be able to say that you’re in a fraternity with those guys so to speak, the 49ers Hall of Fame fraternity, says volumes. It’s pretty special.”