A.J. Jenkins addresses conditioning criticism

July 24, 2012, 4:21 pm
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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.

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