The San Francisco 49ers had their first preseason game against the Denver Broncos this week. The question on everyone’s minds is who will be the No. 2 receiver on the other side of veteran Anquan Boldin? For the first preseason game, it was fourth-year player and former Miami Dolphin Marlon Moore. Boldin caught two passes for 14 yards in only one offensive series. Moore started the game over former first-round pick draft AJ Jenkins, who has been showing progress in training camp. Kyle Williams sat out the game all together.
Moore caught only one pass for 12 yards, but according to head coach Jim Harbaugh, Moore was solid in his other assignments on the field. Jenkins played as well, but it was lack luster because he only caught one pass out of the three times he was targeted and three yards before he fumbled the ball. Newer 49er Austin Collie performed well on the field by reeling in two catches for 20 yards. Collie is no stranger to playing well. Earlier in his career, he was a preferred target of All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning.
If question marks continue as to who will be a viable second receiver for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, expect for All-Pro tight end Vernon Davis to get significant playing time at wide receiver. Rookie tight ends Vance McDonald and Chuck Jacobs performed well in the game. San Francisco may want to consider opting into a tight end heavy passing game, something similar to what the New England Patriots used to do with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.