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A.J. Jenkins planning to train with Colin Kaepernick

  • By Kevin Patra
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The San Francisco 49ers aren't planning commiseration sessions after their Super Bowl XLVII loss. In fact, Colin Kaepernick already has volunteers to start training in Atlanta for next season.

"Obviously, I want to contribute a lot more than I have been," wide receiver A.J. Jenkins said Monday, via the Sacramento Bee. "So I'm going to make that happen and come back bigger, faster, stronger."

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A first-round selection in the 2012 draft, Jenkins had zero catches and was active for only the final three regular-season games. He played just three snaps in the Super Bowl, according to the Bee.

The 49ers might need a lot more out of the 6-foot receiver next season. Aside from Michael Crabtree, the Niners' wide receiver corps is full of question marks.

Randy Moss is a free agent and said he doesn't know if he will be back in San Francisco. Ted Ginn Jr. also is a free agent. Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams both suffered season-ending ACL injuries, and while they both hope to return for the start of the season, that's still up in the air.

The 49ers liked Jenkins' route-running and soft hands enough while he was at Illinois to make him a first-round pick. Now they need him to work on getting stronger against press coverage and building a rapport with Kaepernick.

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