Jim Harbaugh spoke on Wednesday afternoon saying that the departure of A.J. Jenkins was his responsibility. He re-addressed his own comments from 2012 about what he believed in how Jenkins can still be a great player.
"I really feel the same as I did a year ago when I made those comments," Harbaugh said of Jenkins. "I don't think it's fair to bully and label a young player. I prefer that the criticism I would appreciate it if it was directed at me, I'm responsible and I welcome that."
At the beginning of training camp in 2012, Harbaugh made an unscheduled appearance making a statement about what he believes Jenkins will do for the future. Jenkins unfortunately didn't back him up as he was inactive for the first 11 games of the regular season before being put in action in Week 13.
Jenkins played in only six games including three in the postseason where he failed to record a reception. In those six games, he was thrown to once, which resulted in a drop. Jenkins was unable to handle the NFL-level of cornerbacks in press coverage.
Almost 13 months to the day Harbaugh praised the wide receiver, he said that he himself was a reason Jenkins didn't work out with the 49ers.
"I'm responsible for helping [draft] the picks," said Harbaugh. "[I'm also] responsible for coaching the players up. I accept that."
Meanwhile, Harbaugh expressed optimism about the newly acquired WR in Jon Baldwin from the Chiefs. While it has only been one full day of practice, Harbaugh had a good impression.
"[He looks] good so far [through one day]," said Harbaugh. "He is someone with great athletic ability and already has a resume. It's very good."
Baldwin should make the roster, considering the investment the team has made through the trade in him. It will be an uphill battle for playing time because other receivers have had time in the offensive system, according to Harbaugh.
"[Anything is] possible for [the wide receiver position] on Baldwin," said Harbaugh. "[Kyle] Williams and [Marlon] Moore have a head start. We'll take it day to day and we're excited about him being out there in today's practice. He's got a heck of an opportunity."