Closer look at Grant Cohn on AJ Jenkins

If you haven’t read it yet, there was a report from Grant Cohn regarding the progression of AJ Jenkins. Here is a snippet of what Grant had to say after the 49ers took the field during their most recent minicamp.

The Niners’ first-round pick looked like one of the worst wide receivers on the field most of minicamp. He didn’t play with the first- or second-team offense on Tuesday, and he didn’t catch a pass in scrimmages on Wednesday. He had trouble staying on his feet all three days, which was odd considering it was a non-contact minicamp.

Overall, undrafted receivers Nathan Palmer and Brian Tyms caught many more passes and made more impressive plays than Jenkins did. There’s no rush for Jenkins to produce, though, because there seem to be at least four good wide receivers above him on the depth chart right now — [Michael] Crabtree, [Randy] Moss, [Mario] Manningham and [Kyle] Williams

As one of our writers (Scott Wagner) pointed out, it should be noted that Grant Cohn has never been a fan of AJ Jenkins. We are not saying Grant has some vendetta against Jenkins, but shortly after the 49ers announced Jenkins as their No. 1 pick, Grant wrote on his blog an article titled, ’49ers blow their first round pick, draft AJ Jenkins.’ So Jenkins, out of the gate, already had an uphill battle trying to win Grant over. After re-reading that ‘F’ grade article it is obvious that outside of Jenkins out perfoming Moss or Crabtree, Jenkins will always be crap in Cohn’s eye. Wagner also broke down the above snippet and had this in response to Cohn.

1. He didn’t play with the first- or second-team offense on Tuesday.
—– Ok. So he isn’t above Crabtree, Moss, Manningham, and Williams yet. Is that surprising?

2. he didn’t catch a pass in scrimmages on Wednesday.
—– How many opportunities? Whom else didn’t record a catch? If he’s 3rd team it’d be tough to get reps.

3. undrafted receivers Nathan Palmer and Brian Tyms caught many more passes and made more impressive plays than Jenkins did.
—– “Many more?” Like how many more? And in what setting? “More impressive?” According to whom, besides you?

4. there seem to be at least four good wide receivers above him on the depth chart right now — [Michael] Crabtree, [Randy] Moss, [Mario] Manningham and [Kyle] Williams.
—– Doesn’t this defeat your first two complaints, genius?

5. He had trouble staying on his feet all three days.
—– This has been substantiated by other sources. It needs to change. It likely will.

Scott brings up some solid points, unfortunately Cohn will not respond and he’ll most likely continue to dislike Jenkins. We for one will give the kid a chance and not jump on Cohn’s bandwagon anytime soon.



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  • LJay

    The thing I LIKE about the new 49ers staff is that they are looking for talent that they can shape and fits in their system, not the player with the most outstanding stats from other university systems, that sometimes can be due as much to the QB of that system as anything else. It's minicamps right now. Jerry Rice dropped most of his passes in his rookie season; talent takes time to develop!!

  • http://www.49ersfancast.com Indiana Jim

    I stopped reading Grant's crap ages ago. There's only two differences between him and you guys 1) He's paid by a newspaper and 2) He's always wrong. He's like the drunk kid in the corner who always has an opinion and you're like, "will this guy never shut up?"

  • http://twitter.com/comic408 @comic408

    AJ is all about selling Tee shirts, let's hope he can learn the play book.