During his press conference this afternoon, San Francisco 49ers head coach John Harbaugh said that he expects newly acquired receiver Jon Baldwin to play this Sunday evening against the Minnesota Vikings.
Baldwin, who is a former first round pick, is looking forward to a fresh start with his new team. He is in direct contention for the number two wide receiver spot opposite of Anquan Boldin, although he has a lot of catching up to do.
When discussing Baldwin, the inevitable subject of A.J. Jenkins also came up, and Harbaugh said the criticisms of Jenkins were “unfair”. He then went on to say that it is not “fair to bully or label a young player” and that instead all the criticism be directed towards him. ”Actually,” he stated, “I welcome it.”
Also coming to light during the press conference were the fact that draft pick Vance McDonald and last season’s backup running back Kendall Hunter were expected to play on Sunday.
McDonald has been battling a minor injury and did not play last week during the team’s second preseason game. He looked good in the preseason opener catching four passes for 66 yards. He is trying to be the team’s second-string tight-end, ahead of Garret Celek.
Kendall Hunter, who racked up 371 yards and two touchdowns as Frank Gore’s backup last season, would see his first action this preseason. If you remember, he tore his Achilles last season in November against the Saints. Since then he has been working to get back to being San Francisco’s number two option. He was recently activated from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list on August 10th, so things are looking good for him.