Earlier today, Matt Maiocco put together an article looking at the wide open battle that is the 49ers wide receiver depth chart behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. The 49ers drafted Quinton Patton this past weekend, a year after drafting A.J. Jenkins in the first round. They join Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams, as well as Ricardo Lockette, Chad Hall and Joe Hastings.
We'll have plenty of time to discuss all the various wide receivers, but Maiocco's article got me thinking, and earlier today I asked a question on Twitter: What would people consider a "successful" year two for A.J. Jenkins?
This is not about being "more successful" than last year. After all, one catch would be a better season in some ways. What would be a legitimately solid season for Jenkins after a rookie campaign that saw him struggle to get on the field, and struggle when he was on the field?
I've seen a wide area of responses thus far. One person suggested No. 3 on the depth chart and finishing the season with 500+ receiving yards and six touchdowns. Somebody else suggested 250-300 yards and 2-4 touchdowns. Someone else said 60-70 catches for almost 900 yards. Obviously there are differing opinions.
Jenkins has a great opportunity in front of him in training camp. There's a good chance Mario Manningham spends much of training camp on the PUP list, and Kyle Williams is dealing with his own ACL injury. There will be reps to be had for Jenkins and Patton behind Crabtree and Boldin. Will Jenkins take advantage of them?