It’s appears that A.J. Jenkins may have lost the battle for the starting wide receiver position before the second preseason game.
Jenkins fumbled the first pass he caught in the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos and seemingly phased himself out of the game afterwards. His routes weren’t as sharp after the play, and his confidence appeared to be a bit shaken. Jenkins was quickly taken off the field in favor of veterans Kassim Osgood and Austin Collie.
At Saturday’s open practice at Candlestick Park, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported that Jenkins lost a pass in the sun and allowed a Colin Kaepernick pass to clang off of his hands and be intercepted by backup safety Darcel McBath. Jenkins dropped the only pass that came his way in the 2012 season as well.
If Sunday’s practice is any indication, Jenkins may have already played himself out of the running for a starting job. Jenkins saw his fewest amount of reps yet this preseason and caught only one pass by the end of the day according to the Sacramento Bee.
Collie continues to impress in camp and has caught every pass that has come his way. Coming off a Patellar tendon injury, Collie seems to have regained his full speed and cutting ability. If he can avoid injury and stay on the field this preseason, he seems to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job.
Jenkins was the San Francisco 49ers‘ first-round pick in 2012 and has yet to live up to the billing. If he doesn’t get his act together soon, his time in the Bay Area may be much shorter than expected.