No. 1: Wide Receiver Kendrick Bourne
While Pierre Garçon’s injury could open up a spot on offense for someone like Victor Bolden Jr., the bigger opportunity should go to fellow undrafted rookie wideout Kendrick Bourne.
Like Bolden, Bourne flashed some promise during the preseason, hauling in six receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.
But where Bourne gets a bit of a nod over Bolden is the former’s size. The former Eastern Washington product stands at 6-foot-1 and 203 pounds, where Garçon is 6-foot-0 and 211 pounds.
Considering the Niners entered this season with the league’s shortest receivers, on average, putting Bourne in a spot to make an impact on offense would be a wise and promising move.
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Few, if any, of these depth-chart promotions would significantly turn the team’s season around. But if San Francisco can find and develop a gem, or two, between now and the end of 2017, the experiment would be worth the effort.
A couple could stand a chance to make an impact next season or at least wind up serving valuable depth roles for the team in coming years.
Right now, the 49ers need all the developmental help they can get.