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Around this time last year, reports surrounding A.J. Jenkins' first offseason in the NFL were far from positive.
What a difference a year can make—especially in the NFL.
With numerous injuries at the wide receiver position, the 49ers find themselves in desperate need of a youthful emergence at the position. Who better than Jenkins, last year's first-round selection?
According to Grant Cohn of The Press Democrat, head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have both been singing Jenkins' praises as he continues to make the most of his opportunity this offseason.
Thought A.J. had his best week of football since he’s been a 49er the last four days of OTAs, which was the last week of OTAs, and he continues to build on that.
I think anybody that’s gone from Year 1 to Year 2, there’s a great window of opportunity to improve in a fashion that you’ll never have again in your career. You’re going from doing things for the first time, to everything you do you’ve already done it. Big strides can be made that way.
Greg Roman echoed those sentiments, saying:
...just made some clutch catches for us when we were moving the ball. Just made plays. Did all the right things, made plays when he had the opportunity. He needs to continue doing that.
If Jenkins can keep this momentum up, he may be able to play a significant role in the San Francisco 49ers offense this season.