Teammates react to Baldwin-for-Jenkins trade

Davis' advice for Jenkins: 'Go above and beyond'

Teammates react to Baldwin-for-Jenkins trade
August 19, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Vernon Davis suggests A.J. Jenkins should refine his studying habits. (AP)  

Kyle Williams: "We're open to his (Jon Baldwin's) play-making ability. And (I) can't wait to get him in here and see what he can do." (AP)

Rookie Quinton Patton is viewed as a lock to make the team. (AP)

SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins is no longer in the battle for playing time or even a 49ers roster spot.

Jon Baldwin, whom the 49ers acquired Monday from the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade for Jenkins, finds himself in the competition.

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"We're all open to it over here," 49ers receiver Kyle Williams said. "We're open to the competition. We're open to his play-making ability. And (I) can't wait to get him in here and see what he can do."

The 49ers saw all Jenkins could do in one full regular season, during which time he did not catch a pass. And after the nine-week offseason program and first three weeks of training camp, the 49ers decided they were better off without him.

A week ago, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was asked about the wide receivers on the roster, other than veteran Anquan Boldin, who have impressed him. Jenkins was the only player Davis mentioned.

"Very surprised. Very surprised," Davis said of the trade. "But I know this business. It's unfortunate, but sometimes when you're not impressing the coach, then they're thinking, 'What else can we do?' I think it's a great situation for A.J. He can start somewhere new, somewhere fresh."

Davis said he still believes Jenkins can learn from his experience with the 49ers and make the most of the change of scenery.

"Maybe take his approach toward the game up a notch," Davis said. "That's something he can benefit from. Just go above and beyond being a professional.

"Not on the field, not his game. I'm talking about away from the game, as far as studying habits."

Said Williams, "I know his talent is there. He has all the tools to be not only a good receiver, but a great receiver in this league. He didn't get drafted in the first round for nothing."

Williams and Anquan Boldin appear to have spots solidly on the 49ers' 53-man roster. Rookie Quinton Patton is viewed as a lock to make the team, too.

Patton returned to practice this week after being limited due to a broken index finger in his left hand. Patton, a fourth-round draft pick, will compete for playing time against Baldwin and the other 49ers receivers, including Marlon Moore, Austin Collie, Lavelle Hawkins, Chad Hall, Ricardo Lockette, Kassim Osgood and Chuck Jacobs.

"I'll just try to put my best foot forward and leave it up to the coaches to decide who plays," Patton said.

The 49ers' top two wide receivers from last season, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham, will not be available for most of the season.

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Crabtree is expected to miss at least most of the season after sustaining a torn Achilles in May. Manningham is rehabbing two torn ligaments in his left knee, which he sustained in late-December. Both players are scheduled to open the season on reserve/physically unable to perform, which would make them ineligible for the first six weeks of the regular season.

That leaves the position in the hands of Boldin and a largely unproven group of wide receivers.

"We're confident about the guys we have in the room," Williams said. "There's always a sense of urgency in the NFL and when you're fighting for a spoke. There's no panic at all. We're confident about what we got in that room. And we're prepared and we will be prepared to go out and show it every single Sunday this year."

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