Garoppolo has been throwing to Jalen Hurd, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Brandon Aiyuk and Shawn Poindexter in San Jose. Deebo Samuel posted a photo of himself going to get in some work with Garoppolo in Nashville on Monday, and he isn't the only one building chemistry with QB1 in Tennessee. Seventh-round pick Jauan Jennings caught passes from Garoppolo on Wednesday.
Jauan and Jimmy G putting in work together 💪 pic.twitter.com/4bvDcNzoDj— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) June 17, 2020
While seventh-round picks normally would struggle to make an NFL roster, there's plenty of reason to believe Jennings has a shot at sticking in Santa Clara. The Tennessee product was projected to be a fourth-round pick prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, but his stock plummeted after an awful performance at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jennings posted a 4.72 40-yard dash and a 29-inch vertical, which landed in the 11th and third percentiles, respectively. But Jennings' value comes in something coach Kyle Shanahan clearly values -- his ability to forced missed tackles. Jennings has great YAC ability and led Division I with 30 missed tackles forced last season ahead of Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and LSU's Justin Jefferson.
Jennings, should he make the roster, profiles as a "Z" at the NFL level. He's a big-body receiver with strong hands who can have success in traffic due to his size and strength.
The 49ers already have YAC kings in Samuel, Aiyuk and tight end George Kittle. Garoppolo and Shanahan must both see Jennings' potential. If he can prove his worth during training camp, the 49ers can add another weapon to their growing arsenal.
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Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers rookie Jauan Jennings working out in Tennessee originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area