Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
then he'll be no worse than #2 on the depth chart.
Respectfully disagree. There's not much chance... not in our SB run this year.. that our coaches would trust this LATE first rd selection over vets like Moss, Crabtree, and Manningham.
It just doesn't make sense, and I'd be shocked if Jim wants to overlook the vets we have just to get the rookie lots of snaps.
( just an opinion, so please don't get all ruffled over the disagreement )
Agree and hope we're right or these vets will be very disappointing! I can see Jenkins used situationally just as Aldon was last year, but on fewer plays. If he really lights it up then perhaps he can work his way up the depth chart. Moss and Crabtree were first round draft picks and Manningham was a third...nothing says a new first round pick jumps ahead of the pack.
Well, I guess there's a new day in the NFL. Teams are now drafting situational projects in the 1st round. Seriously, although we needed better pass-rushing there wasn't a need for Aldon to start with Haralson in front of him. The 49ers could afford to develop him for a year before starting him full time. That's not the case with our WR position, notwithstanding the new WR additions. Time and time again the WR play put this team in bad situations forcing the coaching staff to be extra ordinarily creative with play design and scheme to hide the WR deficiencies . And as it now stands the additions of Moss and Manningham hasn't changed that. If this coaching staff didn't intend on A. J. competing for a starting job, if they didn't intend on him being a major
factor in the offense, then JH and Baalke wouldn't not have drafted a WR in the 1st.
I know some here would rather over emphasize the fact that he was a late 1st rounder but like it or not 1st rounders, late or early, are selected 1st for a reason. There's a reason 1st rounders get better contracts that other rounds. These guys are not draft 1st to merely provide depth. They are drafted 1st because they are expected
to come in and start no later than year two, but hopefully year 1. For the most part, no free agent (in this case Moss and Manninham) will come in and get more reps than the guy drafted 1st. Generally, coaching staffs afford the guy drafted 1st every opportunity to show why they drafted him 1st. That's a fact of NFL life than has to be considered.
Mark my words, when the pads are on with live bullets, Crabs and A. J. will get the lions share of the WR reps. The battle will be for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th WR spots, and A. J. won't be among that battle.
I really do feel, and I say this in all honesty, that many fans here really need A. J. to struggle because they never wanted, or felt we needed, a WR in the 1st in the first place. Now I'm not looking for people to agree with me. In fact, I never thought most here would on this issue. But we have to think objectively about this and not get enamored in names and OTA un-padded performances and understand, while we are assessing the WR position, that it is no small matter that we drafted a WR 1st. That's all I'm saying.