Anquan Boldin has been impressive in the OTA practices. A couple of the beat guys even said he looked like a true number one receiver. In seven years with the Cardinals and three with the Ravens, however, he was never the numero uno guy. In fact, he’s actually a tad slower than rookie TE Vance McDonald, who is considered a tad slow himself.
The secret to Boldin’s success is simple: he outmuscles the DB for the ball. With a fast WR, the DB can get help from the safety or the team can double cover him. But nobody’s going to double cover a slow WR. So Boldin is always covered by one DB, who can cover him good or bad, but still get beat for the ball. The 49ers tried to psyche him out in the Super Bowl by not covering him at all on a TD pass, but he managed to catch it anyway.
The 49ers have gotten superior QB play the past two years for pocket change QB money. This will be the last year they get away with that. They’ll have to sign Colin Kaepernick to a big contract next offseason or see him walk away after the 2014 season. That will probably bump some high salaried old timers off the team — like Frank Gore and Justin Smith.
LaMichael James added ten pounds over the winter and says he’s now much more explosive. Not sure how he would be able to measure that, but whatever. All an extra ten pounds ever did for me was make me loosen my belt a notch.
AJ Jenkins added ten pounds, too. This should make him wider when he’s wide open.
This should be a fun season to keep track of ex-49ers around the league. In the past, ex-49ers were marginal guys that were hard to keep track of while they were on the team, let alone after they were gone. Or a guy like David Baas, who didn’t endear himself to anyone during his tenure here. But this year, we’ve got some long time Niners out there, guys we liked, either trying to extend their careers or prove they are starter quality fellows. Isaac Sopoaga, Delanie Walker, Ricky Jean-Francois, Alex Smith, and Dashon Goldson, who’s trying to prove he’s got more money than you.
Everyone in the world is checking in with their advice to Michael Crabtree regarding his rehab from a broken Achilles tendon. Here’s the Outsider advice, Michael: don’t dance.