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49ers first-rounder Jenkins still struggling

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Just keep in mind, there’s a long way to go.

Early returns on 49ers first-round pick A.J. Jenkins haven’t been great, however. He reported to rookie camp in May out of shape, and things haven’t gotten much better since.

According to Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jenkins played like “one of the worst wide receivers on the field” during mid-June minicamp. Cohn called Jenkins “the biggest letdown” of 49ers spring practices, and noticed that the 30th overall pick in the draft ran with the deep reserves in team drills.

Cohn suggested that Jenkins is no better than the Niners’ No. 5 receiver right now, behind Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and Kyle Williams.

Take all of this with a big grain of salt. Jenkins could run back a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown in the first preseason game, and all will be forgotten. Shoot, he has the talent to leapfrog Manningham and Williams in the pecking order by early August.

As long Jenkins’ fall play doesn’t mirror what he did this spring.