A.J. Jenkins hauled in the longest touchdown reception of 49ers training camp on Sunday. Jenkins displayed his deep vertical speed to track down a 50-yard deep ball and turn it into a 70-yard touchdown reception.
After missing three consecutive practices with an undisclosed injury, the former first-round pick had a productive return to practice. Jenkins' final catch of the day was by far the best and a signature highlight for the young receiver. In the final team period of practice, the second-year wideout ran past the coverage of rookie cornerback Lowell Rose to chase down a perfectly thrown deep ball from Colt McCoy.
Jenkins reached out to snag the pass 50-plus yards down the field and then had plenty of room to run into the end zone to put an exclamation mark on the highlight-worthy play.
Jenkins started the practice strong from the start by beating Perrish Cox on a post-corner route during one-on-one drills. He later caught several passes during team periods, including a comeback route against first-team cornerback Tarell Brown in a four-minute drill period.
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Jim Harbaugh was pleased to see the young wide receiver back in action and stressed the importance of getting Jenkins in the flow of the passing game as soon as possible. San Francisco’s preseason opener against the Denver Broncos this Thursday could be a big night for the second-year receiver.
“He needs reps,” the 49ers coach said of Jenkins. “I look forward to him getting them this week and in the ball game.”
Jenkins, however, didn’t immediately line up as San Francisco’s No. 2 wide receiver in the opening team period on Sunday. The Friday night depth chart released by the 49ers appeared accurate when Kyle Williams lined up opposite of Anquan Boldin on the field, just like on paper.
Williams, too, returned to action. The fourth-year wideout had been nursing an undisclosed injury since July 27.
Williams caught several passes on the day, including a diving sideline catch on a deep corner route from Colin Kaepernick. Williams worked on fielding punts during special teams work and also hauled in a touchdown in the opening red zone 7-on-7 period at the expense of Tramaine Brock. Williams ran a go route from 20 yards out to haul in the throw from Kaepernick.
Training Camp Notes
-Kassim Osgood returned to practice and caught a red zone 7-on-7 touchdown from Kaepernick, but did not see much, if any, action in the team periods.
-NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith both returned to practice and recorded sacks on back-to-back plays in a situational team period. Justin Smith missed a second consecutive practice.
-Jonathan Goodwin and Joe Staley were out of action on offense. Daniel Kilgore lined up at center and Adam Snyder took the left tackle duties with the first offense.
-New wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins spent time during special teams periods going over the offense with Boldin, Kaepernick and wide receivers coach Johnny Morton. Both of the new wideouts saw time in the final team periods of practice, Collie caught two passes, Hawkins caught one ball.
-The 49ers continued the rotation at free safety, Eric Reid took first-team reps. C.J. Spillman took second team reps.
-Michael Thomas scooped up a fumbled option pitch exchange between McCoy and LaMichael James. Thomas picked up the ball with ease and scored a would-be touchdown.
-Michael Wilhoite intercepted Kaepernick on a deep crossing route intended for Vance McDonald.
-Brock intercepted McCoy for a likely 80-yard pick-six. Brock broke on a pass intended for Chad Hall and had a clear lane to run it back for a long defensive touchdown.