People, they are sill in unpadded practices. Until I see how these guys perform under fire, with a full playbook, in live practices, my pre-1st cut WR depth chart will remain:
1 - Crabs (Regrettably, but this is a make-or-break-season for him. For sure, JH & Roman are going to put him in prime position to breakout this year. If he don't he won't be a 49er next season. It's as simple as that.)
2 - A. J. (You don't pick a guy 1st, regardless of were in the 1st, at a position of drastic need only to throw him at the bottom of the depth chart. Unless he bombs in pre-season he'll be no worse than #2. I know I'm alone on this but, trust me, when it becomes live with the pads this guy is gonna show why he was our 1st pick.
3 - Manningham (He's gonna be pushing for starting time for sure but I don't see him being better, or worse than #3 unless William makes it very difficult to keep him off the field, which I expect him to do.
4 - Williams/Moss (I am still not convinced Moss will make the team. I don't care how good he looks in unpadded practices. Until he shows different than his previous 15 years in the league I'll remain skeptical about his chances to make the 53. I don't see Williams getting cut (something else I know I'm alone on). I think Williams has a lot to proves and will make it very difficult for JH to keep him off the field. He'll push Manningham. If
Moss makes the final 53 I think one dimensional players like Ginn are in trouble.)
5 - If we keep 6 WR's then I'll only pencil
Ginn in this spot only
because we haven't seen these undrafted guys perform in true battle yet. But if one of the undrafted guys perform well in preseason and if we keep only 5 WR's I don't see Ginn making the final 53. If the 49ers keep only 5 WR's this will be one of the team shockers for who gets cut and an undrafted dark-horse that makes it. With this team being so deep at WR players like Ginn can ill-afford to be one dimensional, especially if players like Parrish Cox and LaMichael James prove more than adequate in the return game. There' no way around it: Ginn is gonna have
to push somebody at the WR spot to remain on this roster (i.e becoming a much better receiver). Coach Herm Edwards uses the term "availability". And on a team this deep most non-starting players have to be truly "available" at different positions, not just healthy, to give JH & Co. a reason to keep you over the next guy.
Is Ginn currently available at all?
6 - If we keep 6 WR's Ginn's chances becomes better and one of the undrafted guys makes it here for sure. Even them Ginn has to be a better WR. If Moss makes the team I cannot see Ginn making the team given his one dimensional nature.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM ]