A.J. Jenkins addresses conditioning criticism


A.J. Jenkins addresses conditioning criticism

A.J. Jenkins says he doesnt read what is written about himon the internet. But that doesnt mean he hasnt heard the criticism.I dont pay attention to any of that stuff, Jenkins said.I dont go on the internet and I dont Google my name. I dont do none of thatstuff. Theres no point.Whether hes lying, has others report to him from theinternet or has the power of osmosis, Jenkins has still been aware of the talkabout him not being in shape when he reported to rookie minicamp.Ive made long strides, the 49ers first-round draft picksaid. Obviously I had some criticism when I first came in as far as being inshape, being a bust.Jenkins reported early to 49ers training camp Monday,as did all rookies and selected veterans. Full-squad workouts begin Friday.Jenkins believes he has addressed the conditioning woes thatcaught him flak him at rookie minicamp. The first-team All-Big Ten widereceiver admitted in June that he wasnt in the shape he needed to be.I thought I was working real hard back in Jacksonville, but you come out here, its atotally different speed, totally different workout, Jenkins said after thefirst practice at rookie minicamp. Everythings a lot faster.REWIND: Jenkins struggles through first 49ers practice
Coach Jim Harbaugh, speaking about the rookie receivers as awhole at rookie minicamp said that while they looked good out of shape isthe bad news.Jenkins said he has been working very hard to be ready fortraining camp. In addition to studying the playbook like crazy, Jenkins saidhis off-season training program was pretty intense.Im definitely trying to be in shape as much as I can,Jenkins said. Im just trying to do my part so I can go out there and justplay ball.Jenkins has yet to take up Hall of Famer Jerry Rice on hisoffer to run the famous Hill. Veterans introduced Rice to the Hill, a horsetrail above Edgewood Park in San Carlos, his rookie season, and thetwo-and-one-half-mile trail became a central part of his training regimen.Rice reached out to Jenkins on Twitter in May to run theHill with him, and Jenkins said at rookie minicamp that he would do it. Justnot yetObviously not right now because of the fact that weve gotcamp, nut hopefully one day I can get in contact with him, and hopefully we cando it, Jenkins said.RELATED: Rice challenges Jenkins to run 'The Hill'
Although he may not have run with Rice yet, Jenkins stillhas tried to learn from the 49ers current wide receivers.I talked to them over the offseason kind of to seewhat they do to kind of get their bodies right for camp, Jenkins said. Ivetaken a lot of advice from (Randy Moss and Mario Manningham), and even (Michael)Crabtree and Ted Ginn, so Ive really just been like a sponge.

Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Kyle Shanahan is, self admittedly, not a patient person. As he watched quarterback C.J. Beathard run the scout team over the last couple of weeks -- how he visualized an unfamiliar play, went through his progressions and handled the defensive coverages -- the head coach saw rapid improvement every day. But he suppressed any urge to play the rookie before he was ready.

“I tried to wait for the right time for him and the right time for the team,” Shanahan explained.

Down 14-0 to Washington halfway through the second quarter with starter Brian Hoyer struggling, Shanahan knew Beathard’s time had come.

“I felt the team needed it right then,” Shanahan said. “It also made me more confident to do it because I thought he was ready for it, also.”

Moments after the game was over, Shanahan named Beathard the starter. Watching the game tape on the flight home only bolstered his decision.

“By no means was he perfect, missed a couple of things, but that always happens,” Shanahan said. “I thought he came in there, didn’t hesitate, competed. The moment was not too big for him. Made a few plays in rhythm, made a few off schedule plays and was a big reason we got back in that game.”

Beathard led the 49ers on two scoring drives and finished 19-of-36 with 245 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, though it came on fourth-and-20 on his final pass attempt of the game. On his 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, Beathard extended the play when the fifth year receiver wasn’t where he expected him to be.

“He was supposed to go to the post for a certain coverage, and they had a busted coverage, so he just hung out there which is why C.J. didn’t see it right away,” Shanahan explained. “We had enough protection where he could take a couple more hitches. He drove the pocket and saw where Aldrick was, and he didn’t hesitate. Made that throw with that arm strength.”

Shanahan smirked at his not-so-subtle dig at those who questioned Beathard’s arm strength during the draft process. He sees a quarterback who can make all the throws, and make them from the pocket, and scramble when he needs to. All he needs now, Shanahan contends, is experience.

“It’s about playing in the game and reacting to defenses, reacting to coverages, reacting to adjustments. He’s going to see a lot of things he hasn’t seen before, and that will change each week. It will probably change each quarter.”

Helping Beathard continue to grow through those experiences will require patience, but in this situation, it’s the kind the head coach can handle.

“You’re never going to get a quick answer. You see over time, but he’s got the ability to do it. He’s got the mental toughness to do it. I think he will get better the more he plays.”

Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely


Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead will be out indefinitely with a broken hand, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.

“He’s going to need surgery, so it’s going to be some time,” Shanahan said of Armstead, the 49ers' first-round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 49ers will discuss placing Armstead of injured reserve, which would rule him out for at least eight weeks. The 49ers will also be without defensive end Aaron Lynch this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Lynch is week-to-week with a calf strain.

“The more guys you lose, the less you like that depth,” Shanahan said. “Losing Arik, which could be some time. We’ll have to discuss IR. We have to do that over the next couple of days. We know we’re going to have Lynch out, too, for at least a week or most likely more. That takes away two guys who were helping.”

The 49ers might make a roster move to add a defensive lineman to their 53-man roster. The 49ers also expect outside linebacker/defensive end Dekoda Watson to return to action this week after missing two weeks with a groin strain.