Jenkins: 'I love criticism'


Jenkins: 'I love criticism'

SANTA CLARA -- Receiver A.J. Jenkins came off the practice field Sunday, unaware that his coach had given him a huge endorsement earlier in the day.Jenkins went through just his third practice of 49ers training camp, so his football career is in its infancy. Yet, apparently some negative media reports on Jenkins' play in the offseason prompted Jim Harbaugh to voice support for the first-round draft pick.Jenkins spoke with reporters after Sunday's practice:Knowing your coach has your back like that, how does that feel?
"That's good feedback from him. I'm working as hard as the next man is. Me being a rookie, obviously coming in with great receivers like Randy Moss, (Michael) Crabtree, (Mario) Manningham and Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams, so you really have to be at our best every day because the level of competition is so high. But right now, I feel pretty good with what's going on."You come in as a rookie with a lot of proven veterans ahead of you on the depth chart? How do yo view that?
"It's great. It's a great opportunity for me. Coming into a situation where you have players who have won Super Bowls, and future Hall of Famers, I don't see a downfall in that. Obviously, if I have to wait a year or whatever, I'm going to gain so much insight from those types of players. I'll keep working hard."Do you have the patience to wait your turn? Are you a patient guy?
"I'm a very patient guy. I learned that in college. When I went to school (Illinois), I wasn't the starter right away, so it's like college here. I have to wait my turn. With guys like Moss and Crabtree and Manningham and proven vets like that, what do you expect? You have to wait your turn. It's all good."Can you tell a difference in yourself as a player from the time you were draft until now?
"A lot. I can tell a lot of difference, as far as maturity level, as far as the expectations of myself, everything, just how my mindset is going into football. I've gained a lot of football knowledge the last two months. It's been outstanding so far."How have your expectations changed?
"Sky high. That's what I see myself doing in this league. It's aim for the moon."Have you tuned out the criticism and focused on your game?
"I love criticism. That kind of drives me. There's no hard feelings. People are going to say what they're going to say. People are going to love you regardless or they're going to hate you regardless. it doesn't matter what people on the outside world are going to say about me. If I thought about their comments so heavily, I wouldn't be here right now."

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”


Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 4 of the 2016 season, has been a full participant as the 49ers return to the practice field this week.

Bowman worked with the first team at middle linebacker Wednesday and appeared to move at top speed as the 49ers went through the second day of on-field workouts at a voluntary minicamp.

The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, are allowed an extra voluntary minicamp as part of their offseason program. Bowman's return to the practice field was the highlight as the 49ers enter their third-week of the offseason program.

In other notes:

--The 49ers had tryouts with three unsigned veteran players: cornerback Steve Williams, and offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Kitt O’Brien.

--Wide receiver DeAndre Carter made the best catch of the day on a deep throw from quarterback Matt Barkley. Carter beat Williams on the reception.

--Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who is a candidate to play the “Leo” position, was held out of competitive drills as he continues to recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

--Ronald Blair lined up at the “Leo” position with the first-team defense and beat No. 2 right tackle Garry Gilliam for a sack in the “non-contract” drills. Aaron Lynch was at the “Leo” position with the second team.

--Tank Carradine lined up at the 5-technique, which is a position where the 49ers could target Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick.

--Kyle Juszczyk showed the versatility that prompted the 49ers to make him the highest-paid fullback in the league with several pass receptions during the 90-minute practice.

--Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerbacks with the first-team defense. Robinson made a leaping interception of a Brian Hoyer deep sideline pass against Rashad Ross during 7-on-7 drills.

--Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garçon teamed up for a 20-yard completion on the opening play of the 11-on-11 period.

--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, did not practice due to a soft-tissue injury not related to his hamstring injury of a year ago.

--Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (soft tissue), tight end Je’Ron Hamm (leg), running back Raheem Mostert (soft tissue), linebacker Eli Harold (toe) and tight end Blake Bell (cut forehead) did not practice.