Jenkins' gains confidence and speed as camp continues


Jenkins' gains confidence and speed as camp continues

SANTA CLARA -- Michael Crabtree's advice to fellow 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins is to focus on getting better every day.Accomplishing that goal is going to be more difficult than ever on Wednesday. After all, the rookie had his best day of practice Tuesday -- and perhaps the best day of practice any 49ers wideout has experienced during summer camp.But Jenkins said he didn't have to look too hard to find imperfections after a practice that saw him catch at least six passes during 7-on-7 and team drills, including a leaping grab 25 yards down the field between defensive backs Perrish Cox and Donte Whitner."Even though I had a good day, in the film room I saw things I need to work on," Jenkins said Thursday, a couple hours before the 49ers hit the field for an evening workout. "I need to improve on the simple things that you probably wouldn't see on the practice field but that we can microscope on film. That's what I'm focused on. Small things. I can't say too much, but small things."I'm not the person who gets into all the stuff about myself. I'm about the team. People have been saying I have bad practices all the time when I thought I had good practices."Cornerback Tarell Brown, when asked to list some of the fastest players on the team, mentioned Jenkins, the No. 30 overall pick in the draft. As Jenkins is getting more comfortable with the offensive system, he has started playing faster."It's becoming uncloudy for me now," Jenkins said. "At one point I was like, 'Wow, it's going to take me a while to learn this playbook.' Now things are starting to sink in and I'm playing faster and better, and playing with a lot more confidence."It appears unlikely Jenkins will be able to crack the 49ers' regular-season lineup and unseat such proven veterans as Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. So Jenkins' time to shine might be during the four-game exhibition season. His spot on the 53-man roster is not in doubt, but it might be difficult for him to find a role on regular-season game days.Jenkins is expected to see extensive time in the exhibition season, however, beginning Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park."My dad is going to be here," Jenkins said. "I'm excited to go out and showcase some skills, and when I have an opportunity, go make a play."The early reports on Jenkins were not flattering, as he admitted showed up to the 49ers' rookie minicamp two weeks after the draft unprepared for the amount of running required from somebody in his position.But Jenkins is in tip-top shape now. He has made it through the first 10 practices of training camp -- grueling three-hour sessions -- without any problems."I'm feeling a lot better than I thought I would," Jenkins said. "I'm not hurting. I'm fine. Legs are good. Feet are good. I'm not banged-up at all. I've been treating myself good. Randy Moss told me I need to treat my body like a new car."After some initial bumps in the road, Jenkins said he is gaining confidence with every practice."I'm getting more comfortable with the offense as the days go on," he said. "Right now, I'm just trying to stay consistent. I'm not worried about tomorrow."When you make plays and you see it on film, you get that confidence. And your teammates tell you, 'Keep working hard, you got it.' Right there, that tells you that you do belong here."

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day workout in College Station, Texas.

"I thought it was impressive," Lynch told Wilson in a video posted on social media. "Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

"He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are."

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”