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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 21

Posted by Taylor Price on August 21, 2012 – 9:58 AM

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.”


The latest news on Brandon Jacobs’ health status, comes courtesy of Jacobs, himself.

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32 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Aug. 21”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    good to see those 2 getting back sooner rather than later ….jacobs will be the 3rd and short master for the niners…..jenkins got past defenders pretty easily ….and gore looks ready to go …….all hinges on greenbay game that shall be the key to the season

  2. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply


  3. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    oh and have a dignified day out there …..must be the water

  4. By layzie16 on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    wow how lonely are you 11 years?? i feel bad for you…you are on here all day desperatly looking for some companionship…you need a pet or something lol

  5. By DMT on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand why Matt Maiocco keeps saying that A J won’t even suit up for games this season. Moss is a question mark, Crabtree is stilll unimpressive, Manningham is ok, but not a big downfield play guy, and who knows if the others will make the team.

  6. By spike on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    How do all these college kids afford to be covered in tats? Student loans? AJ didnt go to Ohio State either.

  7. By J.R. Baca Albuquerque New Mexico SF 49er on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Go>>>>>>> 49ers, Lets win every game this coming regular season starting with a blowout at Green Bay>>>>>>>

  8. By bow9er53 on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    as long as everbody has no injury thru out this prelimanry games, will be alright….”NINERS BABY!!!!!!!!

  9. By eleven years without a life on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    They get free tats because their roomates are majoring in epidermis artistry. Or they spend time in Juvie.

  10. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have only this to say about the 1st game of the season, too much is put on it. its like an extention of the pre-season, some teams will hit the field running on all cylinders while others will still be working out some kinks in either the offense or defense. the bottom line is this,,,,,,one team will be 1-0 and the other will be 0-1
    in the grand scheme of things that is nothing, its when you reach week 3 or 4 and you are still struggling is when you should feel concerned. at week 4 if we are 2-2 im ok with that,if we are 3-1 great,,if we are 4-0 excellent, but if we are 0-4 then we have big problems, my point is this, dont put too much emphasis on game 1 of the new season,its a long season and who ever is playing the best football in dec is usually the ones who make the playoffs and go to the super bowl,, all this is just my own worth-less opinion, but it does seem to make some sense to me anyways

  11. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    @ 11 years: I applaud you sir on your 1st 2 posts today, no alex bashing and a postive 49er fan statement. I am quite sure that is the most thumbs up you have recieved in recent months

  12. By dave g. on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Happy to see someone consulted a dictionary with society in a downfall & all. Haaaaaaaaa! Must be the Appletini.

  13. By dave g. on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    And DMT, can you keep getting more and more like Debbie Downer???

  14. By dave g. on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dude…you like a Browns fan.

  15. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    glad to see aldon back …and thumbs dont matter to me …i mean really some on here make 10 alts so they can have thumbs up …..it means nothing just like the accolades of alex in practice means nothing …he has been praised in practice for 7 years and nothing ….and there you go with the alex rant ……for the best part though …..the rest of the team deserves a better QB just saying

  16. By ace on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    11 i know you didnt say that the whole season depends on the green bay game ?
    besidees the obvious one game is one game, perception of being is just that my friend, remember when we beat the giants during the season and then they “beat” us in the playoffs(we beat ourselves), so football is about execution not perception,so go execute soom football gooo niners !!!

  17. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    @ 11 years. I recommend you go to bleacherreport.com and read some of the 49er articles posted there, theres a bunch of alex haters,,, just like you,,,who finally see good things from alex, and c’mon man, even you,if your as true a fan as you claim to be,should be able to see the improvments alex has made now that he has a head coach and staff that know how to run an offense, AND groom a qb,, what im saying sir is not to be so blinded by your hate of alex that you cant see the sun shining through the storm clouds of the last nine years bro

  18. By ace on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    and plz 11 stop saying 7 years of alex and nothing, you really only play madden football if you dont get this is a team game and a quarterback needs a team around him to shine at a high level not only that but direction from good coaching every great qb has those things in place, i think we saw great things from alex last year do i need to post that video of last season again ? Alex i hope you choose not to play in the probowl this year cuz well u gotta start the superbowl buddy GOO NINERS !!!

  19. By ace on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    and here’s that awesome video again

  20. By Basil on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    the first game at green bay does means a lot, these AH’s have own us for the past 100 years and its time to put an end to it!
    We may hear the players saying “its just another game” but I wouldn’t buy into that for minute. NO! When we play the packers we need to make a statement, this game will be watched from many deferent angles! Rogers vs Smith, plus we haven’t beaten them at their house for some 20 years and during that time we’ve beaten them ‘what’ once?
    We want respect? then we have to beat the packers, we lose and we don’t get it. Nobody will give us respect we have to take it. They’ll give it to the patriots but not the Niners!
    Lets keep in mind we went 13 3, 14 4 and lost 2 of those games in OT and how much respect do we get?
    Of course this is just my option ….. but I’m just saying!

  21. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    @ basil, yes, you are entitled to your opinion,but I must disagree. the 1st game of the season is not that big of a deal, if it were as big of a game as it seems to be to you, I think the league would have put it on sunday or monday night to start the season,,,,,,dont you? and respect is earned,not given, and I can pretty much guarantee that the rest of the league ALREADY respects our defensive front 7

  22. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    but I agree with you that we need to beat these guys because they have OWNED US, and the game we won with terrell ownes making “the catch ll” we should have lost that game cuz everyone who really watched that game knows that rice fumbled that ball and that should have been game over packers win but no replay and the rest is history,,,BUT,,I wont be thinking the season is lost if we lose game 1 of the 2012 season,,like I said,,,TOO much is made of the 1st game of the new year, your statements alone almost prove my point,,,but yes,,,,GOOOOOO NINERS

  23. By Dave on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    The offensive line needs to be read the riot act again just like last year!

  24. By bow9ers53 on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    where hitting on all cylinders right now , defense, special teams, alittle bit on offense if we improve on the o-line, will be going all the way to the top…….

  25. By Basil on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    nope the season won’t be lost should we lose, but they’ll be in our head! and yes whats with the O’line?

  26. By Basil on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    Respect? they have to respect the whole team, not just our defensive front 7!
    But whatever time will tell, and that time is getting closer!

  27. By Basil on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    hey #1 before I put this to rest, and I will!
    Do you think that the reason this game isn’t game of the week, could have anything to do with the so called
    ((East`coast bias?))

  28. By gary potter on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    will not post my comments. good luck niners

  29. By Basil on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    gary: same probable I have, sometimes they just won’t post?

  30. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply


  31. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    the offense we run doesnt light up the scoreboard or the espn highlight reels, very boring to the main stream media,therefore not worth reporting more than once,,,pfftt to that I say sir, as long as we are winning without making costly mistakes, im fine wit it

  32. By ace on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    and look at the schedule and tell me the gaints and saints arent more important in terms of playoff teams

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