The San Fransisco 49ers lost wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a torn Achilles he suffered during practice and have been looking for ways to replace him. Receiver Ricardo Lockette thinks he has the inside track to the starting job.
Lockette tells the Albany Herald that he believes he holds the advantage because he’s the quarterbacks best friend. Lockette says he met Colin Kaepernick at the 2011 NFL Combine.
The first time we met was at the NFL Combine, and I was like, ‘Man, you can throw.’ Then he was like, ‘Man, you are fast,’ ” said Ricardo Lockette, a Division II national champion in the 200-meter dash while at Fort Valley. “When I texted him last year and told him I was on my way to San Fran, he got really excited. When we saw each other we had this big hug like we grew up with each other
Now I know what you’re thinking: Just because their friends doesn’t mean he’ll get the job. That’s true, however, head coach Jim Harbaugh was praising Lockette before Crabtree ever went down with an injury.
There’s just something about (Lockette) that I’m really fired up about,” Harbaugh told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in March. “He’s got something else to him, too, besides just the analytical size, strength, speed. There’s something special there. I just feel it
Personally I think second year receiver A.J Jenkins will ultimately land the starting job though it never hurts having the starting quarterback be your best friend.