After 12 seasons in the NFL, two-time Pro Bowl long snapper Brian Jennings continues to find ways to improve.
Jennings spent the offseason training at his home in Arizona while spending time with his wife and 19-month old son, Jackson. He spent his mornings working out in the weight room and refining his mechanics. Jennings did so by aiming at various targets in his backyard.
“I held a long snapping camp and to prepare for that I built targets and snapped into them in the backyard,” Jennings said after Monday’s 49ers Football School session. “I made a few adjustments to work on some of the things I wanted to clean up last year.”
On the 49ers practice fields, Jennings exchanged targets for teammates.
“I’m excited to be here and snap the ball at people instead of targets,” Jennings said with a laugh. “For me, it’s an opportunity to get back into it, to make sure that the stuff I’ve been working on at home is the stuff that I need to be working on. I want to make sure that I’m headed in the right direction with the corrections that I’ve made based on last year.”
It’s also a chance for Jennings to snap in windier conditions.
“I’ve gotten spoiled in Arizona,” Jennings noted. “In Arizona, the wind doesn’t move the ball. Here, the ball moves based on the wind. I want to get back into it and this sets us up for training camp.”
After not having a full offseason in 2011, Jennings knows the 49ers will try to take advantage of their first Organized Team Activities together when they begin on Tuesday.
“Last year, we had to learn on the fly,” Jennings said. “This year, we have a deeper understanding of what to expect when we get into the year. We can really appreciate the nuances of what we’re being asked to do. Now we know what’s going to happen during the year. I think it’s great. It’s a great opportunity to take the next step in our development.”
Tags: Brian Jennings
Posted in News | 9 Comments »