The top two receiving targets for Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are clearly Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, but who will have the better year in 2013?
Everyone remembers how well Boldin played for the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl and the rest of the playoffs, but his regular season was good, not great. Boldin caught 92 passes for 921 yards, but only four touchdown’s. In comparison, Boldin scored four touchdowns in the playoffs alone. Boldin — by all accounts — is dominating in Training Camp and is a “man amongst boys” according to Kaepernick, so if he can stay in playoff form, the 49ers are in great shape to not be hurt so hard by the Michael Crabtree injury. Kaepernick also seems to favor receivers on the outside, maybe that will give Boldin the edge on having a better season then Davis.
Davis, on the other hand, started off as Kaepernick’s favorite target and even proclaimed that “He is the man!” after the dominant defeat of the Chicago Bears, but their rapport tapered off and they could not seem to mesh like Crabtree and Kaepernick did throughout the season. In the playoffs that was a complete different story, Davis got back on the same page with Kaep and had over 250 receiving yards. Davis and Kaepernick will have to keep their chemistry going if they want to survive the tough schedule and be crowned as the NFC West champions.
If i was a betting man, and Lord knows I am, I would put my money on Vernon Davis having the better year in 2013. Davis is entering the prime of his career and offers the best blend of size, strength and speed from a receiving standpoint. If that happens, look for a career year from Davis and a huge jump for Kaepernick in his first full year as a starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.