Originally posted by SD49ers:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Dunno. That's for the coaches to figure out. All I know is that they've adjusted, (higher or lower) traditional numbers to the best player. e.g., last year they went high # of DL's for a 3-4 while going light on OLB's, OL's. WR's take a loooooong time to pan out so we might have to take time to let them learn the game, hence keeping more while they learn the ropes. RB's for example, are much more plug in and play. We'll see, but it's a great position to be in.
Originally posted by SD49ers:
I think we need 6-7 receivers because they keep getting injured and we end up starting ps people. I think we will keep 6, maybe 7 in you include Lockett. With Boldin, Manningham and williams definite keepers but in their last contract year, we need to develop the younger guys. It's a good position to be.
Aside from your great point that we always end up having injuries to our WR's (Williams x2, Manningham, etc.), THIS is another great point. Both AJ and Patton and Lockette were all hand picked by HarBaalke. Williams was not. If this coaching staff feels these younger guys have more upside and can develop into better players, despite their love for Williams and his attitude and work ethic, he could be a VERY difficult cut.
Even if we keep 7 or 7 with Manningham on PUP, that means someone else gets cut. Who?
Well last year, they had Crabs, Moss, Mario, Kyle, & Ginn, with AJ inactive
. Chad Hall was added to the roster after Kyle & Mario went down.
This year, they have Crabs, Boldin, Kyle, & Mario coming back. AJ, Patton, & Lockette
are the new hotness. That's it, right?
So, logically, you start the 2013 season like this...
START • (1) Crabs, (2) Boldin, (3+PR) Kyle
, (4) AJ
- You have the figure the veterans will get the first look. They know the offense, they can't be practice squad-ed, and are healthy.
PUP • Mario
- Let's assume he won't be ready Week 1.
INACTIVE OR 5TH STARTER
- I'm sorry, but there is no way this guy comes off the bus and beats out Kyle Williams, with Kyle having both two years of experience in the offense AND PR/KR abilities.
Maybe he somehow beats out AJ Jenkins, but even that is a stretch.
INACTIVE OR PRACTICE SQUAD
Now, all it takes is one injury for any of these guys to move up a spot (it's happened during both years of the Harbaugh era). Either that, or Patton/Lockette beat out AJ Jenkins, cause AJ obviously hasn't shown the coaching staff that he deserves to start... at least not yet.
So really, there's a way for the 49ers to keep all the receivers, and no one gets cut. When Mario gets healthy, it could create a log-jam, but even then you could keep Lockette on the PS regardless.
Because until Lockette shows the coaching staff he deserves to be OFF the practice squad, then we have to assume AJ Jenkins and Kyle Williams are going to get the nod over him. I think everyone makes the team, no one gets cut, and everyone is happy.
One last note... if tragedy were to strike and Crabs or Boldin got a multi-week injury in training camp, I would assume the 49ers would immediately sign a veteran to start in their place, probably one of these guys... Randy Moss (for obvious reasons), Brandon Lloyd, Devery Henderson, Deion Branch, Lee Evans, or Donte Stallworth.
But of course, not T.O.
[ Edited by NickSh49 on May 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM ]