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This slide is based on a ton of assumptions. First, it's been reported that Steve Smith may have to start the season on the PUP list, leaving him out until Week 6. If that's the case someone will have to step up and be the slot receiver.
I also fully expect Jernigan to pass both Barden and Cruz on the depth chart with Smith watching camp from the sidelines.
Jernigan's skill set lends him to be the best option to replace Smith in that role. While Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham will remain the top two options, Jernigan would rack up some nice yards in Smith's absence. However, when Smith comes back the receptions will come at a premium.
Let's also not forget my prediction of Jernigan being the team's premier punt return man.
2011 Stats: 32 receptions, 313 yards, two touchdowns, 343 punt return yards, one touchdown