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.