We do our best here at 49ers.com to listen to the fans. We read your comments on our posts and we certainly see the replies on Twitter.
So in the case of this week's bonus round of "Niner Talk," I thought it would be fun to answer the ultimate hypothetical question: Could the San Francisco 49ers use LeBron James as a tight end.
Before I answer that, let's get to the numerous questions that didn't quite make the video version of the show.
It's really hard to say. However, I will say that Brandon Lloyd had a great offseason, one that was about as good as any other receiver on the team. Lloyd was there for all the practices and he developed nice chemistry with
Both veteran receivers saw a lot of first-team reps in the mandatory camp and looked like a capable tandem if needed. San Francisco still has plenty of options at the position,
Will they? It's possible, but not likely.
Should they? I don't think so. I could be wrong, but the team used the offseason to evaluate its young cornerbacks. Two of the team's 12 draft picks -
In a nutshell, the team is younger and more athletic at the position than they were in 2013. They might be less experienced, but being faster to the ball could help.
@TaylorPrice49 Will there be training camp dates open to the public since construction is done— Johnny Sanchez (@Mr_49ER_559) June 23, 2014
Jim Harbaugh said at the end of minicamp that the team is scheduled to have three open practice dates at Levi's® Stadium.
The 49ers coach said his team is pumped about it, too.
"Everything about a new stadium will be exciting," Harbaugh said. "Especially all of the things for the first time, including practicing in the new stadium, public seeing our team in the new stadium, going into the locker room, families going into the family room. It’s going to add great excitement to the players, and that’s a good thing.”
Here's my short list:
@TaylorPrice49 since we're having the world cup, who's the best soccer player among the 9ers? (Okoye doesn't count)— Andrews T. (@andrewsvt) June 23, 2014
These are the kinds of questions I really like. Not the low-hanging fruit.
If Team USA needed one member of the 49ers to suit up in the World Cup, here are what my 49ers.com collegeagues suggested...
Scott Kegley: Michael Crabtree for the goal celebrations.
Eric Stark: Colin Kaepernick for the overall entertainment.
Lawrence Okoye looks more comfortable out there, but he is also competing against a deep defensive line group. I think he's itching to show what he's learned when it's time for the pads come on. Okoye's one-on-one drills will be heavily watched by the media much like they were in 2013.
Ask me how he looks in training camp and I'll have a better idea of his progress by then.
I haven't heard any specifics just yet, but I know Michael Mina's Tailgate will be awesome. And if you're in the stadium, I heard there's soft serve ice cream.
Contact my boss, Robert Alberino.
Here we are, the question I'm sure you all skipped right down to.
LeBron James was a celebrated high school wide receiver. He also openly rooted for the 49ers last postseason. But does he have any visions of playing tight end for the 49ers? Nope. Do the 49ers want him as a free agent? C'mon man...
The fantasy of having the NBA's best player suddenly play a different sport would never happen. Oh wait, it did with Michael Jordan.
In regards to "King James," I don't see any way he would stop playing basketball. Sure it would be amazing to write about: LeBron Signs with the 49ers. But that won't happen with any NFL team. So thanks for the fun question LouieV, but let's focus on the tight ends on the current roster. LeBron won't be rocking the red and gold for the Niners.