San Francisco 49ers: 4 Bold (and Slightly Less Bold) Predictions for 2014

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San Francisco 49ers: 4 Bold (and Slightly Less Bold) Predictions for 2014
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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (No. 7) and his No. 1 weapon Michael Crabtree (No. 15) will return to lethal efficacy in 2014.

Welcome, San Francisco 49ers faithful, to the NFL dead season where bold—and slightly less bold—predictions reign supreme.

Two days of uneventful, sans-contact OTAs have just concluded, while two more will take place Thursday and Friday. Media access is limited, and player attendance is optional.

The 49ers’ lone mandatory session materializes in the form of a three-day minicamp that is set for June 17-19. But even then, there’s only so much actual practice the collective bargaining agreement will allow.

And that’s it—another month-long void will follow until training camp begins in late July.

Thus, the scribbling masses must fill the football-less chasm with salacious forecasts that border on insane—and slightly less insane—gridiron scenarios.

But of course, we’re happy to oblige.

So instead of detailing Vernon Davis' latest exploits into dubious personal brand-enhancement, let’s project how many 40-plus-yard touchdowns and 200-plus-yard games he’ll rack up this season.

Or how many game-saving tackles punter Andy Lee will make...or how many first-down catches left tackle Joe Staley will record...or how many halfback passes Frank Gore will throw to Colin Kaepernick in 2014.

OK, perhaps we’ll stick to 20-yard touchdowns, 100-yard games and overall win-loss records in the ultracompetitive NFC West and NFC as a whole.

With more reasonable audacity in mind, here now are the four bold (and four slightly less bold) predictions for the 49ers this year.

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