Niner fans have aired their concerns about last year’s first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins not joining Colin Kaepernick for off-season workouts; despite him saying he would do so after the Super Bowl. However, now it has been reported the wide receiver will join Kaepernick at CES Performance near Atlanta on Sunday, February 22.
Kaepernick has been training at the facility since February 12 and has been joined by 49ers receivers Ricardo Lockette and Chad Hall. Both receivers live in Georgia and spent most of last season on San Francisco’s practice squad.
When it comes to Jenkins, I guess it is better late than never showing up to workout with his quarterback. But what took him so long? After he had zero catches this past season and only played on just 37 snaps, it’s not like he needed to rest up for a few weeks before preparing for the upcoming season.
When Jenkins said he wanted to join Kaepernick for off-season workouts, it was so he could return next season as “a totally different” and “to contribute a lot more than I have been.” You would think a former first-round draft pick that saw as much action on the field as a seventh-round draft would have joined Kaepernick on day one for workouts. While it may seem like Jenkins is exhibiting behavior of a lazy player, 49ers GM Trent Baalke said on Thursday at the NFL Combine his work ethic is not a cause for concern:
A.J.’s a young man that’s worked awfully hard, is going to continue to work hard. I believe he’s in Atlanta right now, or on his way to Atlanta where (Kaepernick) is and some of our other players. And they’re going to go at it this offseason. And the biggest growth in players is always between year one and year two. We expect that’s going to happen with A.J., just as we do with all of our young players.