Uppers and Downers

Colin Kaepernick is expected to have a sensational season this year, and maybe he will. But all the gushing over him is making me nervous. Life does occasionally throw a sensation party for one of its denizens, true. But there’s usually a trap door somewhere on the podium just waiting for an errant step.

The 49ers have 10 active wide receivers on the roster and 3 more on the PUP or IR. Of the active 10, only one WR is a sure bet to be in the starting lineup come opening day — Anquan Boldin. If the season started tomorrow, the number 2 and 3 WRs would probably be Marlon Moore and Chad Hall — two journey men guys. Sheesh.

Memo to LB Darius Fleming, who just tore the same ACL he tore last year: maybe your knee is trying to tell you something. Like get a desk job while you can still walk. Then again, Jesse Sapolu went on IR in each of his first three years, before settling in as a durable near all pro guard/center, so who knows?

The 49ers haven’t drafted a first round bust since Kentwan Balmer in 2008, but last year’s first rounder, WR AJ Jenkins is well on his way to achieving this dubious distinction. Balmer took his dough then turned into dough. He lasted two years with the 49ers, one year with Seattle, a couple of weeks with the Panthers, and one offseason with the Redskins before disappearing from the NFL in August, 2012.

Jenkins isn’t just disappointing, he’s floundering. His main contribution thus far has been to provide this blog with a lot of “wide open” jokes. HC Jim Harbaugh has fiercely supported him, even chastising reporters who questioned his worth. But it’s beginning to look like the last “wide open” joke for Jenkins will be a description of Harbaugh’s mouth as he bites into the crow sandwich that seems destined to arrive on his platter.

If the first week of TC is any indication, it looks like TE Vernon Davis is poised to have a monster year and give the 49ers their first deep ball, big play threat since mostly forever. Deep threat WRs have never been much in fashion in Ninerland, and they still aren’t, since Davis is a TE. But both Kaepernick and Davis are unique dudes, over the top physical marvels. 2013 could be the year these two form a bond that could etch a place in franchise lore.

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36 comments on “Uppers and Downers
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think it is just a ploy. When AJ Jenkins falls on the ground he gets left alone, making him wide open!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the hits just keep on coming!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny

    Don’t need a Debbie Downer when you have Denny Downer
    Cheer up!
    Your life has been chronicled and coming to a local theater soon.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MSrAwfagG4

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You wonder why the Oregon Ducks are football powerhouses now?
    They have the best facilities
    pro or college.
    Phil Knight and his Nike money.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130731/oregon-ducks-football-performance-center/

  5. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t understand why we have such a hard time finding good WR’s. I think the Niners need to find some new scouts who specialize or can spot some real WR talent. I don’t think Crabs was a good pick even though he finally stepped up.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Patrick Willis just broke his hand and you want me to cheer up?
     
    Even you can’t put a 😀 on that news.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Healing time is 6 weeks which puts us at the first game. Better now than during the season.
    At least with a hand injury conditioning and keeping in shape won’t be a problem.
    Only issue is the weight lifting for that arm.
    Cheers!

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chris Culliver was just carted off the field w/ a lt. knee injury. He was crying as he left.
     
    Put a 😀 on that one.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You know who would say Culliver had this shit coming? “My Name is Earl.” Karma is a bitch. But that Catalina was one hot Latina. Love her “Jump Around” dance.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4glrmcMhKU
    Bullit, now that did cheer me up.

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – nice title, there used to be a short movie called uppers, downers, and all arounders. Probably way outdated now. Injuries will kill any team if they hit hard enough, and I would be lying if I said that I’m sad about Harvin.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    After all this doom and gloom news, how bout a little something to make ya laugh. This had me rolling on the floor. Chiefs OC Doug Pederson said Alex Smith is the best QB in the NFL. http://tinyurl.com/kr4n3n4

     
    I want some of what Doug’s drinking. Best QB in the league? Pass me the bottle.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- What did you think about when you read this in the article you posted:
     
    “Smith had become the hottest trade commodity in the league after flourishing two years ago, when he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game.”

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers believe CB Chris Culliver suffered a torn ACL.”
     
    That one hurts big time.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    WR Austin Collie is signing with the 49ers.
     
    Mr. Concussion joins the injury plagued team.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers plan to sign WR Lavelle Hawkins, too.”

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s hold down the applause, guys.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith.

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Our two newly signed wideouts suck almost as much as Alex Smith. Almost.

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I want that POS A.J. Jenkins cut tomorrow and sent to Berger’s house. There he can remain wide open in perpetuity.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Tell AJ to bring some BBQ and beer. I’ll make sure the beer gets open!

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is not good news. The team chemistry in the passing game will be tested. It is a good thing Kappy has a rocket arm so he can wait a split second longer than most before throwing. This is from Maiocco:
     
    Ricardo Lockette, who made it through three practices this week with a right hip-pointer, did not suit up for practice. Six wide receivers on the 49ers’ 90-man camp roster were unavailable to practice. And a seventh, rookie Quinton Patton, is instructed not to catch passes because of an injured middle finger on his left hand.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “… instructed not to catch passes because of an injured middle finger on his left hand.”
     
    A Del Mar setup if I ever saw one.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Patton can borrow my lt. middle finger. It works just fine. I’ve been using it early and often this entire Niner offseason.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The worst part of that post was 6 WRs on the sideline.
     
    Yes, I would imagine Del’s middle finger works just fine!

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, it’s never a good sign when we’re signing guys off the street with just 5 weeks until Opening Day vs the Pack. I’ll know the Niners are in really deep when they bring you in for a tryout at NT.

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger! I know both you and I have consumed the “Hair of the dog” on many of occasions, but have you ever tried “Hoppy hair?” Brewmaster John Maier of Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon said “wild yeasts” have been used in beer for centuries, so his company’s Beard Beer, made from the yeast of beards, is a traditional brew.
     
    We’ve been drinking Brian Wilson’s beard all along and now he’s a Dodger. We’re nothing but a couple of Bluebeards.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Rogue Brewery makes Dead Guy Ale. It s one of the great beers ever!

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “AJ Jenkins made 50-yard TD catch at end of practice.”
     
    The legend begins.

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, you neglected to mention that catch came vs a “scout team” look and the D only played half-ass.
     
    Hopefully A.J. kept the ball and has it bronzed. First and only TD as a Pro.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It appears AJ Jenkins is Del’s new Alex Smith!

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is from Barrows:
    Jenkins had the most prolific afternoon of that group. He caught four of the six passes that went his way during 11-on-11 and team drills, including a 70-yard bomb from Colt McCoy at the end of practice. Jenkins beat undrafted cornerback Lowell Rose on the play.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The legend grows.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Art Donovan. He was one of the great story tellers in NFL history, not to mention a HOF player.

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That Colt D-line of the late 50s was nothing to screw around with. Next to Donovan they had Big Daddy Lipscomb in the middle, who was even bigger and maybe even better than Fat Art until he OD’ed on smack in ’63. At left end they had ex-USF star Gino Marchetti, who is in the conversation for best DE of all time. Deacon Jones considered Marchetti, “Perfect… the only perfect defensive end.”

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9, L: Vikings 24, 49ers 16
9-16, W: 49ers 30, Lions 27
9-23, L: Chiefs 38, 49ers 27
9-30, L: Chargers 29, 49ers 27
10-7, L: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18
10-15, L: Packers 33, 49ers 30
10-21, L: Rams 39, 49ers 10
10-28, L: Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
11-1, W: 49ers 34, Raiders 3
11-12, L: Giants 27, 49ers 23
11-25, L: Tampa 27, 49ers 9
12-2, L: Seattle 43, 49ers 16
12-9, W: 49ers 20, Broncos 14

12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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