The 49ers’ roster is loaded from top to bottom but there are some young players and veterans who are primed for a breakout or bounce back season.
The 49ers #1 receiver Michael Crabtree will miss most, if not all of the 2013 season after tearing his Achilles. There is talk out of San Francisco that the 49ers may move tight end Vernon Davis to receiver because they aren’t happy with what they have. If you play receiver for the 49ers you have to feel insulted. As a professional you should up your game so that they never even consider making that move. AJ Jenkins was a 1st round selection of the 49ers in 2012 when they drafted him from Illinois. Although healthy all season Jenkins was only active for 3 games and was only targeted with a pass once, which he dropped. The time is now for Jenkins to step up and prove that he was worthy of a 1st round selection.
Quinton Patton will be expected to step in and contribute as a rookie. The 49ers have concerns at the receiver position and will need contributions from everyone. Patton is a great slot receiver who should be able to contribute as a slot and on special teams.
After losing Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency the 49ers selected Reid in the 1st round of the 2013 Draft with the expectations that he will be able to step right into the void left by Goldson. Reid has all the physical tools you want in a safety so he should have no problem as a rookie in 2013.
Dorsey never lived up to the expectations the Kansas City Chiefs had for him after they selected him 5th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Chiefs let Dorsey walk after the 2012 season as a free agent. Dorsey signed a 2 year deal with the 49ers with the hopes he can revive his career. The 49ers defensive front and front 7 is stacked with Pro Bowlers so Dorsey will be expected to contribute in specific situations as a rotational defensive lineman.
After signing a huge free agent contract in Philadelphia in 2011 Asomugha had lofty expectations that he never fulfilled in Philly. That led the Eagles to release the 4 times All-Pro cornerback this offseason. Asomugha is looking to bounce back and become one of the league’s premier cornerbacks again. Coming back home to the Bay Area where he excelled at the University of California and as a Oakland Raider may be exactly what he needed.