Anquan Boldin. The other two locks, according to me, are Kyle Williams and Quinton Patton. No, Patton hasn't gotten to show off his skills because of a broken forefinger (Damn you, Kaepernick fastball!), but as Jim Harbaugh says, the arrow is up for this eager, hard-working youngster. Williams, meanwhile, is smart, savvy and badly wants to be on the field. He's also the only player on the team with any real experience at punt returner. The 49ers want LaMichael James to win that job, but it's smart to have a capable backup.
Ok, that's three players. The 49ers likely will go into the season with five or six receivers on the roster...
Both Marlon Moore and Kassim Osgood have been consistently good on offense and both have true added value as coverage guys on special teams.
After that comes Austin Collie.
A.J. Jenkins. Have you read anything about him lately? His potential is undeniable. He's very quick, very fluid. He gets up to top speed quickly, etc., etc. But he simply hasn't been one of the six best receivers in training camp. If the 49ers keep him, they will say it's because they believe Jenkins has a bright future. But that will be a tough sell to the five or six others who are cut and to the remaining players in the locker room, who will privately conclude that Jenkins' first-round status bought him another year on the roster. One more note about Jenkins: He gives the team almost no value on special teams.
A practice-squad spot could go to Ricardo Lockette.
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2013/08/from-11-to-six-where-things-stand-at-wide-receiver.html#storylink=cpy
So to him, thus far:
Anquan Boldin - the man and monster RZ threat
Kyle Williams - most veteran to OUR offense and can play all 3 WR spots
Quinton Patton - top pick with great upside
Marlon Moore - veteran and excellent gunner; top-end speed
Kassim Osgood - veteran and excellent gunner, great size for the RZ
Austin Collie - veteran productive slot WR (injury concerns)
A.J. Jenkins - Do we keep 7 after 6 last year? no ST value at all but 1st round pick
Ricardo Lockette - excellent tangibles and PS eligible
[ Edited by NCommand on Aug 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM ]