First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins continues to progress leading up to the regular season. Jenkins’ 32-yard reception against the Houston Texans last week was the 49ers’ longest passing play of the preseason.
Furthermore, the No. 30 overall selection got behind the Texans defense several times last Saturday night and could have produced even greater numbers if not for a few overthrown passes in the second half.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee recently wrote about Jenkins’ promising big-play potential and discussed the receiver’s progress with fifth-year quarterback Josh Johnson who completed the 32-yard pass to Jenkins in the third quarter of a 20-9 defeat.
“Johnson said the rookie did a great job of ‘holding the red line,’ an imaginary line on the side of the field between receiver and sideline that gives the quarterback a few yards of cushion in which to place the ball,” Barrows wrote. “Johnson lofted the pass into that zone, and Jenkins detached from the defensive back in time to make a 32-yard reception.”
Dan Brown of The San Jose Mercury News documents a unknown story of Jim Harbaugh’s well-documented high school basketball career, his long-lasting relationship with new CSN Bay Area sports anchor Dave Feldman, and the 49ers coach’s high school teammate at Palo Alto High School. Brown: “Now, 30 years later, Feldman and Harbaugh are going one-on-one again. But instead of hoops in Harbaugh’s driveway, it’s an interview at 49ers headquarters. Feldman, hired by CSN last month, will anchor the network’s 49ers coverage and host its postgame show, and Harbaugh is expected to be a frequent guest.”
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Kendall Hunter’s high school football coach who was in attendance for Hunter’s impressive performance against the Texans. Branch: “In the stands at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Thomas Brooks, Hunter’s former high school coach, was having flashbacks. To Brooks, the early stages of Hunter’s second season in the NFL resemble his senior year at John Tyler (Texas) High, where he broke the school rushing record held by Hall of Famer Earl Campbell.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that new 49ers linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis has a limited window of opportunity to impress with starters Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith returning to practice this week.
ESPN.com’s NFC West blogger Mike Sando revisits the progress of the team’s under-the-radar moves this offseason.
49ers.com’s coverage included blogs on Isaac Sopoaga and Frank Gore’s leadership, a story on the team’s steady progress before the regular season opener and a video package on Gore feeling like a “Young Buck.”
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