When Vernon Davis was asked two weeks ago which wide receivers have caught his eye in practice, he had a list of nominees.
"I really like Chad (Hall)," he said. "Chad is quick, he's fast. He's doing everything that the coaches are asking him to do, and he comes to work. Ricardo Lockette - fast receiver, talented. I mean, he's just blessed with tons of talent. It's going to take him some time, but he's learning. But I think once he gets it, he's going to excel and he's going to be a tremendous player. I really like Kyle Williams. We all know about Kyle Williams, we know what he can do. He's a vet, a lot of experience. And he's ready to go. A.J. Jenkins - A.J., he's coming along. He's making some smooth transitions as far as being that elite receiver that they want. And I believe in him. I believe in him. By the time the season comes around, he'll be one of those guys (who are) ready to step in and fill the void."
Asked the same question today, Davis had winnowed that list to one. "I really like A.J. Jenkins," Davis said. "He's got a lot of potential. He's still learning the game .... . He has all the potential to do it. It's just taking him a little time, but he will get there. And I think he will be prepared by the start of the season."
Jenkins' had a rough outing Thursday night against Denver. Two of the three passes that went his way resulted in turnovers - a fumble by Jenkins and an overthrow by Colt McCoy. The second-year player has been besieged by criticism with many wondering whether the team will part ways with the former first-round pick. Jenkins' skill set -- "He's smooth, he's fast and he wants to succeed," Davis said -- is undeniable. But so is the fact that Jenkins has been inconsistent this offseason.
It's hard to say whether Davis truly believes in Jenkins or feels duty-bound to defend a beleaguered teammate.
- Matt Barrows