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A.J. Jenkins to Amp Up Workload

Posted Aug 18, 2013

A.J. Jenkins will see even more playing time in the 49ers upcoming preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings


A.J. Jenkins will see even more playing time in the 49ers upcoming preseason game.

Jim Harbaugh wants to see what the former first-round pick can do on offense and on special teams against the Minnesota Vikings.

“He’s shown good things,” Harbaugh said of Jenkins, a second-year receiver. “We’re going to do some additional things this week and put him in some additional roles to see how he does with that.”

Jenkins has not returned any punts or kicks this preseason, but the 49ers coach said, “that’s something we’d like to see this week.”

Jenkins has one reception in the preseason and has not played on special teams. Second-year running back LaMichael James has handled the bulk of the return duties.

“He’s done an excellent job from where he was last year to where he is right now,” Harbaugh said of the James, a second-round pick.

Jenkins, on the other hand, still remains in competition for coveted wide receiver snaps. Harbaugh said he’s counting on Jenkins just like any other player on the roster.

“Like any particular player you start talking individually, there’s a process there and he’s going through it and he’s competing,” the 49ers coach said of Jenkins. “He’s working hard. Usually when you do that, good things happen.”

After the 49ers preseason win in Kansas City, Harbaugh noted that Jenkins was in position to make a long reception, but an underthrown pass from Colt McCoy should have led Jenkins up the field. The back-shoulder throw was intercepted by Sean Smith. Later in the game, Jenkins had a 21-yard reception wiped out from a holding call.

Harbaugh remains positive when discussing Jenkins. He wants to see how the young wideout handles a more diverse role this week.

“Everybody has the license and the ability to make this football team. There’s nobody that we discount at this point. We put them in a position to compete and then you let the chips fall where they may. That’s for every guy on our roster.”