Starting just after noon yesterday, the media availability portion of the first day of San Francisco 49ers minicamp became the A.J. Jenkins hour. Greg Roman started it by talking up Jenkins’ performances on Wednesday and Thursday, Jim Harbaugh saw Roman’s compliment and raised him with a “best week of football since he’s been a 49er,” then Jenkins was pulled out of the locker room to answer questions about his secret greatness during OTAs. Because even though Roman and Harbaugh had lots of nice things to say, Jenkins didn’t do a whole lot during Tuesday’s practice — the only one that was open to the media last week.
Yesterday wasn’t all that different. Jenkins made one spectacular grab on a ball thrown behind him by Colt McCoy, but was otherwise quiet. That changed this afternoon, as Jenkins looked as active as I’ve ever seen.
Early on, Jenkins made a best grab of the day again … only this time it was on a throw by McCoy that was a lot better than the one mentioned earlier from yesterday. Jenkins was racing toward the right sideline, leaped and grabbed a pass about 15 yards downfield with his fingertips and got both feet inbounds before hitting the turf.
From there the ESPN highlights ceased to an extent, but Jenkins’ activity did not. He caught another half-dozen passes from McCoy and Colin Kaepernick.
– Anquan Boldin looked to have tweaked something early on, and spent a while getting stretched out by one of the trainers. It didn’t appear to be serious, and that allowed the rest of the receivers to get some targets, as opposed to yesterday when Boldin was a total ballhog jerkface (although we should probably lay the blame for that on Kaepernick for targeting Boldin constantly).
– Quinton Patton looks like a keeper, a guy the quarterbacks definitely like. He isn’t big or incredibly fast, but he’s elusive and made a few catches himself today.
“And then also something really I think interesting to point out is [WR] Kassim Osgood who got here, I think started practicing June 4th or 5th, so last week OTA seven, eight, nine and 10. And, basically he showed up and we’re telling him the plays, where to line up, what route to run, what his blocking assignment was, every single play. And then over the weekend, he must have just locked himself in his hotel room and studied the playbook all weekend because he came out here on Monday and didn’t have to tell him anything. He got the play in the huddle with the correct alignment, the split, the route, depth, everything was really good like he had been here all offseason. An example of a real professional and a guy who works at his craft. A great example for the rest of our guys.”
Osgood is known more as a special teams ace, but he caught at least four passes that I saw — mostly short to intermediate range. Osgood isn’t going to outrun people, but he’s BIG. The 49ers, who aren’t exactly stocked with red zone targets that would remind anyone of Plaxico Burress, might end up using Osgood as a receiver this year a little more often than most probably assumed.
– Kyle Williams hasn’t worked much in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 situations, but he came out near the end of today’s practice and ran a few routes. On the last one, Colt McCoy lobbed a pretty pass over the top of the defense about 20 yards downfield on the left hashmarks that Williams jumped up and grabbed with his right hand.
– B.J. Daniels worked a bit behind Scott Tolzien in a literal sense, as the halfback. Daniels also rolled to his right during end zone drills and fired a pass that was caught by Ricardo Lockette near the pylon for a touchdown.
– Tolzien was much sharper today than yesterday, when he threw three interceptions.
– Nnamdi Asomugha looked good, especially when breaking up a long pass from McCoy down the right sideline that was intended for Marlon Moore.
– It’s hard to judge the defense during non-contact days like these, but guys who looked like they knew what they were doing included Corey Lemonier (who had a couple pass deflections), Tramaine Brock, Trenton Robinson (who intercepted a pass during 7-on-7s) and Craig Dahl, who didn’t let Cortland Finnegan’s tweets get to him during today’s practice.
– Linemen who played center day included Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore, Sherman Carter and Adam Snyder.
– Kilgore came through with the play of the day for either side. It was hard to tell if the 49ers were running a fake field goal or Lee had to handle a low snap, but he rolled to his right and found Kilgore with a pass Lee floated over Ian Williams and Parys Haralson that had about as much hangtime as one of Lee’s punts. Kilgore bobbled the ball for what seemed like five seconds as he hit the ground in the end zone for a touchdown. Kilgore got up and mimicked Terrell Owens’ famed Sharpie celebration as the team erupted with cheers (and some jeers for Williams and Haralson from the defense).