A.J. Jenkins addresses conditioning criticism

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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.

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

The 49ers on Wednesday informed multiple candidates for the team’s general manager position that they would not be brought back for second interviews, according to a team spokesman.

One of the individuals who did not make it past the first round of interviews is ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Riddick was closely associated with coach candidate Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. McDaniels removed himself from consideration for the team’s head-coaching opening on Monday. Riddick previously worked in the personnel departments of Washington and Philadelphia.

“The 49ers pared down its list of general manager candidates (Wednesday) morning and thanked those who will not be included in the second round of interviews,” 49ers spokeman Bob Lange posted on Twitter. “Upcoming interviews will be announced as they were in the first round.”

The 49ers will seek second interviews with Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, along with Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton. Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is also still believed to be in the mix.

One source described the 49ers’ general manager search as “fluid.” The 49ers are expected to formally offer Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the head-coaching position after the Falcons’ season has concluded.

The 49ers want to match a coach and general manager. Shanahan, if he officially accepts the 49ers’ offer, would likely be involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.
 

Source: Packers execs on list of 49ers GM finalists

Source: Packers execs on list of 49ers GM finalists

Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf will be among the finalists to receive second interviews for the 49ers general manager position, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday morning.

Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton will also be among the finalists, reports the NFL Network, but a second interview with him has yet to be confirmed, a source said.

The 49ers are also expected to bring in another candidate or two for a second interview, a source said.

The second interviews are expected to take place after Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers play in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the head-coaching position.

The 49ers are expected to make a formal offer to Shanahan to become the team’s next head coach, and the NFL Network reported Tuesday night it is “almost certain” he will accept. The 49ers will be allowed to speak with Shanahan next week, regardless of Sunday's outcome, but are not allowed to hire Shanahan until the Falcons' season is over. 

The 49ers interviewed nine candidates for the general manager position. Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed his name from consideration on Tuesday.

Sources say that Kirchner and coach candidate Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, were in serious talks with the 49ers on Tuesday about filling the organization’s top two positions. But Kirchner and Cable felt like they were being used as leverage to land Shanahan as the head coach.

The other general manager candidates who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe were Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III.

Gutekunst, 43, is in his 18th season with the Green Bay and his first as director of player personnel. He and Wolf originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5.

Gutekunst received a new title prior to last season after Packers general manager Ted Thompson denied permission for him to interview for the director of player personnel job with the Tennessee Titans. He was also denied from joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ personnel department in 2015 during Chip Kelly’s tenure with the team.

Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year.

Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf. He has also worked closely through the years with current NFL general managers Reggie McKenzie, John Schneider and John Dorsey.