Originally posted by NickSh49:
1. "Some are projecting KW as the teams #3. That would be a disaster." • Why would this be a disaster? Kyle would be the #3 receiver on a team that uses lots of two tight end sets. Before all the injuries last year and the year prior, it could also be argued that the 49ers were going receiver-by-committee (Randy Moss was rarely on the field before everyone started getting hurt). But hey, I guess we can pretend to live in a world where Kyle Williams has suddenly digressed to being "a disaster" of an option as the #3 WR. Whatever.
2. "It's not as if he's a lights out punt returner either." • Well besides LaMichael James, there is no one else. And after last year's game vs. Minnesota, everyone was back on the Kyle-as-PR bandwagon. I swear, the zone is never happy with our PR-guy. It's like the guy has to be Devin Hester or he's a failure. The 49ers could have made a big push for Josh Cribbs, but they didn't.
3. "I also believe that Patton has shown enough potential during his college career to be deemed bringing more to the table than Kyle." - You might be right when talking about years to come, but not at the moment. Why do fans always forget about the time it takes for a wide receiver to learn an offense and build chemistry with a quarterback? It's even more true when discussing rookies. I'm sorry, but you're fooling yourself if you think a fourth-rounder in Patton is going to step off the bus, get up to NFL-speed, learn the entire offense, and replace Kyle Williams by September. It's just not realistic. You'd have a stronger argument if you tried to convince me that AJ Jenkins would replace Williams, but even then AJ has barely shown enough to beat out Chad Hall at the moment.
4. "If KW does make the roster, it may be just barely." • Again, why is this the case? Take a look at my breakdown again. You've got Crabs & Boldin ready for Week 1. Mario will probably be on the PUP. There is no one else besides Jeknins that knows the offense. And even if you are somehow and some way correct that Patton beats out Williams on the depth chart, why would they cut Williams? There's no reason to cut him unless Ricardo Lockette suddenly becomes un-benchable. This team kept six receivers last year, and they have the room to do it again with Mario on the PUP & Lockette on the PS.
It just makes no logical sense to think Kyle Williams will be cut, let alone be beat out by Patton or Lockette.
It's all guessing at this point, Nick. You may be right. I just don't think so.
1. It's a disaster
because it means that the Niners have regressed
in the receivers department since last year. He was #5 last year. He showed NOTHING during the year to warrant a promotion. Moreover he is coming off a ACL injury and has not been able to work out during the off season to improve himself if there was any chance of that happening. Meanwhile Jenkins, who was behind the eight ball last year because of several reasons (as alluded to by Baalke) has had opportunity to grow and by all indications has done so. Jenkins was someone the Niners saw as possessing special talent, there's a much higher likelihood of his breaking out than KW suddenly elevating his game. If Jenkins cannot supplant KW, he would have to be considered a bust and a disasterous first round pick.
2. KW was a serviceable punt returner. Nothing special. I was never down on him but neither was I high on the guy either. He's simply . . . meh. If I was a betting man, I'd wager that the NIners could find several players on the squad who could do tPR job as well, and better, this off season. Patton? Just because a player can handle the job is no reason not to seek improvement. I believe that the Niners will do that.
3. Players mature at different rates. Some rookies are ready to make a diference immediately. See Marques Colston, C Y Hilton, Peirre Garcon, that kid with the Buccaneers (forget his name, Williams?), etc. I believe that Patton shows that confidence. And, unlike Jenkins, is coming in healthy and should not fall behind.
4. We're not even considering some of the other receiver candidates. Daniels, for example. Harbaugh called him a "Swiss army knife" and will probaly give him every opportunity to return punts and play slot.
5. Remember, KW is coming off a ACL tear
. What I'd like to see, and it's not anything personal against KW, but it would indicate GROWTH on the Niners roster: Crabtree, Boldin, AJ Jenkins, Lockette, Patton. Mario starts the season on the PUP. Ideally, the team upgrades its receiving corp in terms of speed
and playmaking ability
. Under this scenario KW may barely
make the squad and be well down in the depth chart. It's entirely plausible. There may also be A N Other who could spring a surprise.
6. Alternatively, KW could be traded.