For the first time in his short but exciting career, Colin Kaepernick enters the season as the starter with a full complement of wide receivers, a luxury he certainly didn't have last season. To start the season he had a foot injury that the coaches kept under wraps and he was instructed to avoid running. Crabtree was out and his other starter, Kyle Williams, was really struggling.
Add to that the fact that Greg Roman had never developed a pro-style passing offense in his career and we watched an unprepared QB (not his fault) with a very limited group of receivers and a basic vanilla passing offense take his team to within a play of the Super Bowl. This season that all changes.
With four established and experienced vets in Boldin, Crabtree, Lloyd and Johnson, the battle between Patton and Ellington (both essentially rookies) should be something to watch. Everyday Kap seems to hit Brandon Lloyd with a deep ball and their chemistry improves. Stevie Johnson also is looking ready and there is no doubt about Boldin or Crabtree.
Given the fact that Seattle has lost Sidney Rice, I am of the opinion that the Niners will keep six (6) wide receivers, or at the very least, the four vets listed above. Cutting Lloyd or Johnson just became virtually impossible unless someone wants to see Pete Carroll with a ****-eating grin on his face as he stands next to the recently-signed Lloyd or Johnson.
The last time Lloyd faced the 49ers, it wasn't pretty. Lloyd enjoyed his best production on a night when San Francisco earned a memorable 41-34 road victory over the Patriots on Dec. 16, 2012. The Patriots tied the game after trailing 31-3 in the third quarter. It also featured Lloyd connecting with Tom Brady, to the tune of 10 catches and 190 receiving yards. Even so, the 49ers withstood a second-half flurry from the Patriots to win the crucial late-season road game but I really don't want to see him be the guy that beats us this season. We need him on OUR side. Any thoughts.