The trade that sent AJ Jenkins to Kansas City in exchange for Jon Baldwin just about wrapped up the wide receiver competition. It looks like the 49ers will be keeping Anquan Boldin, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore, Kyle Williams, and Baldwin. That’s 5 guys, leaving only one spot remaining, if they keep the normal six. Chad Hall or Austin Collie look like the best bets to nail the final spot, with Hall having the best preseason performance and Collie the best NFL career.
Or they could keep Ricardo Lockette because he rooms with Colin Kaepernick, plays special teams, and might actually learn how to play WR in the NFL sometime in the next year or two. He’s got the size and speed and heart, that leaves “If I only had a brain!”
The Jenkins trade also unleashed a nationwide rash of media snickering at Jim Harbaugh, who had loudly chided said media, or “so-called experts,” when they had questioned Jenkins worth in the past. Of course, Harbaugh’s opinion of Jenkins was demonstrated loud and clear in 2012, when he pretty much refused to put Jenkins on the field. Perhaps Jim will learn to be less strident in the future when covering Trent Baalke’s ass. And perhaps not. “He’s gotta be he. What else can he be but who he am?”
The third exhibition game will be occurring Sunday at Candlestick against Minnesota and maybe we’ll get to see more than one series out of the first string units. Or maybe Harbaugh has decided to adopt a college approach and only play them when the games count. Of course, if he does that and the Niners win the Super Bowl, half the coaches in the league will emulate him next year.
With all the offseason notoriety and accolades being showered on Kaepernick, you have to think Seahawk QB Russell Wilson is doing a slow burn and licking his chops to whip our butts in the second game of the season up in Seattle. That game is going to be a Sunday night ratings monster. It also will go a long way towards revealing which team rules the NFC West. Seattle and San Francisco might very well start the season ranked 1 and 2 in the league. Let’s hope our boys put on a better show up there than they did late last year.
It’s probably killing the East Coast biasiters, but there’s no doubt the NFC West has supplanted the NFC East and AFC North as the premier division in the NFL. I’m sure we’ll still get those boring 13-10 Prime Time games involving Pittsburgh and the Ravens and Bengals, but the real action is out here on the left coast. If the Rams and Cardinals can muscle up a bit, we’ll have a blood bath out here this year and in the years to come.