Jenkins' gains confidence and speed as camp continues


Jenkins' gains confidence and speed as camp continues

SANTA CLARA -- Michael Crabtree's advice to fellow 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins is to focus on getting better every day.Accomplishing that goal is going to be more difficult than ever on Wednesday. After all, the rookie had his best day of practice Tuesday -- and perhaps the best day of practice any 49ers wideout has experienced during summer camp.But Jenkins said he didn't have to look too hard to find imperfections after a practice that saw him catch at least six passes during 7-on-7 and team drills, including a leaping grab 25 yards down the field between defensive backs Perrish Cox and Donte Whitner."Even though I had a good day, in the film room I saw things I need to work on," Jenkins said Thursday, a couple hours before the 49ers hit the field for an evening workout. "I need to improve on the simple things that you probably wouldn't see on the practice field but that we can microscope on film. That's what I'm focused on. Small things. I can't say too much, but small things."I'm not the person who gets into all the stuff about myself. I'm about the team. People have been saying I have bad practices all the time when I thought I had good practices."Cornerback Tarell Brown, when asked to list some of the fastest players on the team, mentioned Jenkins, the No. 30 overall pick in the draft. As Jenkins is getting more comfortable with the offensive system, he has started playing faster."It's becoming uncloudy for me now," Jenkins said. "At one point I was like, 'Wow, it's going to take me a while to learn this playbook.' Now things are starting to sink in and I'm playing faster and better, and playing with a lot more confidence."It appears unlikely Jenkins will be able to crack the 49ers' regular-season lineup and unseat such proven veterans as Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. So Jenkins' time to shine might be during the four-game exhibition season. His spot on the 53-man roster is not in doubt, but it might be difficult for him to find a role on regular-season game days.Jenkins is expected to see extensive time in the exhibition season, however, beginning Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park."My dad is going to be here," Jenkins said. "I'm excited to go out and showcase some skills, and when I have an opportunity, go make a play."The early reports on Jenkins were not flattering, as he admitted showed up to the 49ers' rookie minicamp two weeks after the draft unprepared for the amount of running required from somebody in his position.But Jenkins is in tip-top shape now. He has made it through the first 10 practices of training camp -- grueling three-hour sessions -- without any problems."I'm feeling a lot better than I thought I would," Jenkins said. "I'm not hurting. I'm fine. Legs are good. Feet are good. I'm not banged-up at all. I've been treating myself good. Randy Moss told me I need to treat my body like a new car."After some initial bumps in the road, Jenkins said he is gaining confidence with every practice."I'm getting more comfortable with the offense as the days go on," he said. "Right now, I'm just trying to stay consistent. I'm not worried about tomorrow."When you make plays and you see it on film, you get that confidence. And your teammates tell you, 'Keep working hard, you got it.' Right there, that tells you that you do belong here."

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

[MAIOCCO: Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees]

Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals

Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees


Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

Reuben Foster’s arrest Friday night on marijuana charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is likely to void $2.5 million in salary guarantees, according to a former NFL agent.

Joel Corry, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said there is language in Foster’s contract that voids the salary guarantees if he is fined under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse.

“Typically with veteran contracts, you must be suspended . . . in order to have contract guarantees void,” said Corry, whose work appears on CBS Sports. “What we’ve seen in rookie deals is they’ve extended that to getting fined, as well.”

According to a league source familiar with the 49ers’ structure on rookie contracts, the team’s standard practice is to void guarantees with fines. The 49ers were not harder on Foster because of a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was released on $2,500 bond on Friday evening after being booked on second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse, the first offense for a violation of Stage Two, if marijuana, includes a fine equivalent to the pay of two game checks.

In Foster’s original contract, his entire scheduled salaries of $875,708 in 2018 and $1.286 million in 2019 were fully guaranteed. In addition, $339,000 of his scheduled $1.697 salary in 2020 was guaranteed.

“What that means is,” Corry said, “he doesn’t get the money, no matter what, any more. But he can still make the same money that’s in the contract on a non-guaranteed basis, but you don’t have the same security as you did before.

“So if his rookie year turns out to be an anomaly or off-the-field issues end up being problematic, it gives the 49ers more latitude to either ask him a pay cut or to release him.”

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers as a rookie. The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 72 tackles.