The Dallas Cowboys have signed wideout A.J. Jenkins. The 25-year-old -- who was a former first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers -- had a workout with the Cowboys last week. Marc Sessler of NFL.com and the team’s official Twitter account both confirmed the signing.
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With a subpar career so far, Jenkins is expected to be a roster filler in Dallas and have to compete for a roster spot against receivers Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley and Devin Street. The Cowboys released Chris Boyd to accommodate Jenkins’ signing. Dwayne Harris left Dallas via free agency earlier in the offseason.
Other free agent receivers who worked out in Dallas last week were Kris Durham, B.J. Cunningham and Tommy Streeter.
“Nice quickness off the line when he had the opportunity to run those types of routes where he was going down the field. Was mainly used as a screen and slant route runner. Coaches did their best to try and get the ball into his hands quickly and let him create on his own,” Bryan Broaddus, a football analyst from dallascowboys.com, said of Jenkins’ play on the field.
Jenkins was the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft but played only one season in San Francisco. He was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs after his rookie year and accumulated 223 receiving yards on 17 catches in two seasons. He was released by the Chiefs in February.
Jenkins is expected to participate in Dallas' organized team activities (OTAs), set for May 26 to 28, June 2 to 4 and June 8 to 10. The Cowboys will have a mandatory minicamp from June 16 to 18.