Guard Mike Iupati. The big left guard has recovered from the arthroscopic shoulder surgery he had this offseason and will be ready for the first practice Thursday. There had been talk about a contract extension for Iupati. The plan right now, however, is for him to play through this season and address the contract at the end of the year. If Iupati has another Pro Bowl season, you have to wonder if he'll demand Carl Nicks-like money and if the 49ers will go that high for a guard.
Joe Looney. The 2012 draft pick was injured to start his rookie season and never played a snap. This is essentially the first year we'll see Looney at full strength. If he's impressive it could prompt the 49ers to say goodbye to Iupati. Looney also has taken snaps at center.
-- Matt Barrows
Tags: A.J. Jenkins, Colin Kaepernick, Marcus Lattimore, Mike Iupati
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The most compelling competition in TC this year will be WR, OLB & CB. You can add in the competition between RB's Jewel Hampton & Dixon because 1 of them will not be on the Active Roster come September.
Let it begin!
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The title of this article is misleading
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Of all people 9er fans should know that stopwatch speed has little to do with production. Acceleration and maintaining speed out of the break are more important than twitch in football. I never saw anyone catch the GOAT and I doubt many will catch Patton. If anyone can mentor AJ on the physical aspects of WR its Boldin. This is make or break for Lockette. It's not about his roommate. I see a breakout for LMJ. This is a premier talent not a 3rd string/STer. He can score from anywhere on the field. Who is going to cover him a LB? The same one who is supposed to be spying on Kap? While we're at it, that DE who is supposed to leverage the outside to stop Kap on the read option is lost as a pass rusher, especially with Staley and Davis. If McD can in line block, hook a LB on a sweep, chip against the pass rush, Vernon Davis will have a ProBowl year, and our 3rd down conversion will be top 5. The math has changed for defensive coordinators. Against the 9ers they have to account for everybody, some twice.
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I agree - LMJ looks special. Fast, and some of the best balance I've seen on a back. He takes hits from MUCH larger guys, and just seems to bounce off them, and accelerate back up to speed almost instantly.
As for the rest - I agree on your selection of AJJ, Patton, or Lockette (especially after Williams went on PUP), but I have no idea which of them will work out. I'm rooting for Lockette to finally have a breakout season, just because those measurables are insane. If he could become a bona-fide deep threat, that would be truly special. As for AJJ, I'm not sure where he fits. Kyle Williams has looked good when healthy, so he has to fight him for the slot role, and I don't think AJJ has the strength to be an outside receiver. I hope I'm wrong, though. Patton, on the other hand, I think will develop into a solid WR2. He's got the physicality and the will to succeed. He's been surprising people all his life.
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I understand if Crabtree goes on IR before the final cuts to 53 he has to clear waivers. If this is correct I can't see Crabtree going on IR in the next week. There is no way the Niners would expose Crabtree to the other 31 teams that way. Nice breakdown of the offence and it should make the pre-season games interesting to watch....looking forward to your predictions for the secondary shake down and OLB
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I think you're confused,
Crabtree is under contract with the 49ers so there's no "waiver process". If the 49ers were to take him off IR at any point during the season they would then have to cut somebody from the Active Roster at that time in order to make room for him.
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