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Aldon Smith says he doesn't know when he'll be cleared to fully practice after offseason shoulder surgery. Played late in the season with a torn labrum.
Carlos Rogers says he's been told he's a starter, will continue working like someone can take his job. Also says he believes Nnamdi Asomougha was brought in to "play a significant role" and "not ride the bench."
Jenkins says he hopes to make it up to 200 pounds (currently at 196) before the season starts, says Anquan Boldin has been helping the young receivers out after practices with route running, etc.
LaMichael James hopes to get better and eventually win the punt returner job. Would be awesome if he did. Kickoff returns/punt returns and explosive weapon on offense? Yes please.
JH will drive the pace car at the Indy 500
On a more humorous note: former Cal receiver wears a Raiders hat. The problem with this? He was recently selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 3rd round of the draft. He's since apologized and Chargers teammate Eric Weddle went up to him at practice to tell him to never "wear that <shit again."
I see him getting hazed his whole offseason.
Woodson signs a 2 yr deal with the Raiders. Guess we will have to do it with Reid/Dahl this yr.
Crabtree has already had surgery, 6 month recovery time. Following that time frame, that brings him back in December at the earliest.
4th round WR Quinton Patton officially signs his 4 year rookie deal.
Couple notes from Harbaugh on Crabtree injury:
-Will not be a season ending injury, they expect him to be back at some point. -Injury happened motioning and starting his route in a 7 on 7 drill -Says he likes the young WRs, feels someone will emerge-Will not discuss any potential veteran additions publicly
Maiocco points out that Kaepernick's chemistry with Davis becomes extremely important. Probably the most important thing off all after the injury.
The 49ers' young depth at wide receiver will be tested while Michael Crabtree rehabs a surgically repaired right Achilles tear.
Coach Jim Harbaugh, speaking with reporters Wednesday at the 49ers' practice facility in Santa Clara, expressed confidence in the team's young receivers.
"We feel like someone is going to emerge there," Harbaugh said.
There are plenty of options, including A.J. Jenkins, the team's first-round draft pick in 2012.
Jenkins was not needed as a rookie. He did not catch a pass in his first NFL season. Now, the 49ers will rely on him to play like a first-round draft pick. The 49ers' season might depend on it.
Veteran Anquan Boldin, acquired in an offseason trade with the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick, will be heavily relied upon as the team's new No. 1 wideout.
Veteran Mario Manningham is returning from a knee injury he sustained late in the season. He is not expected to be ready at the start of training camp. Manningham believes he can be ready for the opening of the regular season.
Kyle Williams, returning from his own season-ending knee injury, is expected to be ready for the opening of training camp. Williams has not caught more than 20 passes in a season.
Fourth-round draft pick Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette, whom Harbaugh raved about during the NFL owners meetings in March, will get their chances to work their way onto the playing field, too.
One possible free agent acquisition is veteran Randy Moss, who caught 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns. The 49ers closed the door on Moss early in the offseason after Harbaugh declared he wanted Moss back on the team in 2013. Moss is enjoying spending time with his kids, said a source close to Moss. But if the 49ers wanted to talk to Moss, there's little doubt he would listen.
Crabtree sustained his injury in practice Tuesday in a 7-on-7 drill when he merely went into motion. Crabtree underwent surgery at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday. Harbaugh was late for practice Wednesday as he was visiting with Crabtree.
The team plans to keep the door open for Crabtree to make a late-season return to action. His surgery is expected to require a six-month recovery. Crabtree could return to action in late-November and, potentially, for the playoffs.
The 49ers will continue to feature an offense geared around a strong offensive line and Frank Gore's prowess between the tackle. But for the 49ers to make it to the playoffs, quarterback Colin Kaepernick will have to find other targets in the passing game to compensate for the loss of his favorite receiver.
Tight end Vernon Davis, who virtually disappeared after Alex Smith's benching, is the strongest candidate to pick up the slack in the passing game.
While Crabtree caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns last season, Davis managed just 41 receptions for 548 yards and five touchdowns.
Yes, the 49ers need the young wide receivers to step up. But they also need Kaepernick to rediscover Davis as a threat.
Niners are too good to let this affect them negatively.
Yea, it <sucks big time.
But IMO they just have too good of a team to let Crabtree's absence affect the way they're gonna score.
The team is gonna be special, very, VERY good, too.
More in-depth story on LMJ's offseason. Credits Brad Seely for helping him get better at returning punts. Says he hopes to bring electricity to the team.
In-depth/lengthy breakdown of rookie WR Quinton Patton.
2nd round picks Carradine/McDonald have signed on the dotted line. 4 year rookie deals. Just Reid, Lattimore, Lemonier left.
Ted Robinson signed on as play by play man through 2018
Manningham talks about his injury recovery and Crabtree's injury.
Kendall Hunter works his way back from his own Achilles injury.
Pretty in-depth article on Jenkins titled "With Crabtree injured, can Jim Harbaugh turn to Aj Jenkins?"
Patton contract details: 4 years/$2.551 million with a $391,500 bonus.
Jonathan Goodwin takes paycut to stay with the 49ers, his salary got reduced from $3.7 million down to $2.5 million. In exchange, he gets $1 million of that guaranteed. His cap # has also been reduced from $5 million to $3.8 million. Kilgore/Looney loom as possible C replacements in the near future.
Harbaugh says Jenkins, Patton, Lockette will compete for the Crabtree spot. Plus more from his 95.7 the game interview
Manningham says he's running/cutting
Kevin Lynch's first impressions of Nnamdi Asomougha from the first day of open OTA practice
Joe Staley had his knee scoped earlier in the offseason, should be full go for training camp. 49ers can use OTAs/minicamps to assess options for the backup/swing tackle spot.
Barrows goes over the current top 3 options for #2 WR spot in detail: Lockette, Jenkins, Patton.
Boldin makes strong impression at OTA practice, that trade could end up being a lifesaver.
LaMichael James plans to play at 205 pounds this year. Believes he's the best option for punt/kick return duties but acknowledges how tough it can be to return kicks at the stick. Says Santa Clara practices won't help him try to return punts at Candlestick.
2014 NFL Draft moved back to May 8th-10th due to scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall. I'm not a fan, but w/e.
bb09, no Manningham in that conversation? Is he definitely a #3?