Star Teammate Calls Jauan Jennings One Of 49ers Best Players

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    Jauan Jennings proved himself as an NFL receiver in the San Francisco 49ers run to the NFC Championship game this year.

    The former Tenenssee receiver had a career game in the 49ers’ playoff clinching win over the Rams, hauling in seven catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

    Jennings went on to snag a couple crucial third-down receptions in playoff wins over Dallas and Green Bay.

    The Murfreesboro native has completely earned his teammates trust and confidence. All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner went on the Richard Sherman Podcast and gave an abundance of praise for his second year teammate.

    ​​“A problem. A problem,” linebacker Fred Warner said of Jennings on the Richard Sherman Podcast. “I love Jauan. I’ve said it to numerous people. I’ll say it to anyone. He is one of the best football players on our team, and it showed in the biggest moments, the biggest games, when we needed guys to make plays. I think there was a stat somewhere where most of his catches were for a first down or a touchdown.”

    After spending most his rookie year on the practice squad while dealing with injuries, Jennings earned a real role in Kyle Shannahan’s offense. 

    Jennings hauled in 24 catches for 282 yards and five touchdowns this season. While those numbers indicated a strong year for the Volunteer great, it wouldn’t indicate him being one of the best players on the team.

    However, the work ethic, attitude and emphasis on the little things is what impresses Warner the most about Jennings.

    “The dude just balls,” Warner continued. “It’s crazy because it’s not just with the ball in his hands. It’s blocking. He’s over here taking dudes out in the blocking game because that’s just a mentality thing. He’s got the right mentality, and you look at him, he’s kind of like, ‘Hmmm, he looks like he’d be a decent player.’ Bro, this dude is a dog. I’m telling you, he’s one of our best players.”

    Sherman — one of the NFL’s best corners over the past decade — detailed his progression of thoughts about Jennings and it matches what those that follow his college career know. Jennings may not have the best speed or measurables, but he is the essence of a football player.

    “I’m watching the tape,” Sherman said. “I’m watching him walk around. He look like he got bad knees. He don’t look like he’s about to cause me no issues. And then you get out there and deal with him, you’re like, ‘Wait a minute.'”

    Jennings, Warner and the 49ers will look to build upon their NFL Championship game run in 2022 though it could be with a different quarterback.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.