Offseason additions, whether through free agency or the draft, almost always inspire lofty expectations among fans of NFL teams.
Things will be no different among the San Francisco 49er faithful regarding the new pickups by their team in 2012.
The eager anticipation exists for good reason, as the 49ers acquired a bevy of playmakers to bolster an offense lacking in firepower in 2011.
They upgraded their depleted receiver corps with Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and A.J. Jenkins (first-round pick). They reinforced an already top-ranked stable of running backs with Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James (second round). Important depth for other areas came on board as well.
Fanatical hope for these players is all well and good (we all do it deep down), but realistic goals are another thing entirely.
Let’s establish those goals for every new Niner in the 2012 season.
Note: These numbers adhere to those I postulated in an article earlier this year.