Top picks Jenkins, James: Ready for the call

James: "I feel I can make plays against anybody"

Rookies A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James have done nothing for the 49ers on the field so far this season, but that could change for the team's two top draft picks in December. After the season-ending injuries to Kendall Hunter and Kyle Williams, Jenkins and James could be called upon to fill the voids left by those two players. Here's what both rookies had to say this week about their situations.


A.J. Jenkins


On the plan for this week: I don't know. I'm just going to find out when you find out. When I get called, I'll get ready to go.

On what receiving spot he's most comfortable: I'm comfortable everywhere, to be honest with you. The slot outside (seems to be his best opportunity to play).

On what makes him a good slot receiver: That's kind of a dirty question (laughs). I'm just trying to learn and help the team any way I can and go that route with it.

On short-area quickness being important for a slot receiver: I just play ball, man. I don't get too caught up in that. I just go out and do my thing.

On returning kicks: Punt returns? I've been doing a little bit. Kick returns too. I've been practicing kicks, punt. I'm trying to make my resume as long as it can be.

On having family in the St. Louis area: Oh, definitely. They call every week. It doesn't matter where they are. They could be in Europe, they're going to be there. Oh, man. If I'm playing, they're going to be there – my mom, my dad and my sisters.

On when he'll know if he'll be active this week: I usually have some kind of sense by the end of the week, like by Friday. As of right now, I couldn't tell you if I'm playing or not.

On what has been preventing him from playing so far this season: You have to ask Jim Harbaugh. I don't know. Your number has to be called. I don't worry about it.

LaMichael James


On playing with Colin Kaepernick: Me and Kap are really close. He did some of the things I did at Oregon at Nevada. I think he's an athletic quarterback, obviously when he has the ball, he makes plays. If I get the opportunity to play with him, I think it'd be fun.

On when he'll find out about playing against the Rams: I have no idea, that's up to the coaches. Probably (will find out) Sunday during the game.

On punt returns being an emphasis for him: I'll do anything to help the team win. Even if that means being on scout team another week or the rest of the season. Anything to get the team a win, I'm all for it. I want to be a team guy, I'm a rookie, I'm young, I'm still learning. I'm just blessed to just have the opportunity to even be on the team so I'm happy.

On the last time he hadn't played football: Obviously, I want to be on the field, I'm a competitor. I want to go out there and play and compete, but I'm smart enough to know I still need to learn. This is the NFL, this is a complex offense and there are a lot of things that I don't know. I just take it for what it is and try to get better every day.

On how close he is to being game ready: In my mind, I feel like I can go out there and play any day. I feel like I can make plays against anybody. That's the competitive nature in me, but it's probably different from the coaches, I don't know.

On where he's improved the most: I feel like everything. Being more experienced, watching from the sidelines, being in practice and learning how to be a professional.

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