The 49ers have impressive depth at the skill positions. And that depth is about to get tested.
Running back Kendall Hunter is out for the season with an ankle injury, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today. Hunter joins receiver Kyle Williams as key offensive cogs who were lost for the year in Sunday’s win over the Saints.
As Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com explained during Tuesday’s PFT Live, the loss of Hunter likely means more opportunities for Brandon Jacobs, and not necessarily the debut and/or extended use of second-round rookie LaMichael James.
As to Williams’ absence, Maiocco thinks it will translate into more Randy Moss, not more/any first-round rookie A.J. Jenkins.
Still, the Hunter and Williams injuries nudge the to-date unused rookies farther up the chart. If others are injured, it’ll be time to see whether this year’s first-round and second-round picks can make the same kind of impact that last year’s first-round and second-picks, Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick, respecitvely, are making