San Francisco 49ers 1st-round pick A.J. Jenkins took some heat last week when Jim Harbaugh criticized his conditioning on the first day of rookie camp. But according to 49ers defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, Jenkins is in better shape than Aldon Smith was when he first reported to camp in 2011.
Sopoaga had this to say to the San Francisco Chronicle about Smith’s debut:
“I wish his agent would have warned him about this being a different level of training. I was kind of feeling bad for him when our first time last week he was running the hills and he was drooling, he was throwing up. I was thinking ‘Uh oh, come on now. Welcome to the pros.’”
Any time a rookie shows up out of shape it raises a red flag, but as Smith proved last year it is possible to overcome a slow start.