Niners to use Austin Collie more
The San Francisco 49ers signed Austin Collie to a contract about ten days ago and have used him sparingly so far. Usually using him at the end of practices so he’s barely gotten to work with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That should change this week with how quickly he’s picking up the playbook and proving that he is indeed healthy.
“I think they will this week, yes,” Harbaugh said of increased work. “Pleased with what they’re doing, definitely. They’re studying hard, working hard to get out there and chomping at the bit to be out there.”
Finally, Harbaugh said that Collie still has been advised not to go full bore in practice. He is coming off a torn patella tendon that cost him the 2012 season. Collie has looked smooth in recent practices and has reported no problems. But the 49ers remain wary of him going at top speed.
“I think coming of of serious leg injuries, you’ve got to be conscious of not bursting and not hitting that top gear just yet,” Harbaugh said. “So it’s a progression.” (The Sacramento Bee)
I think this is a pretty big development because the Niners are really going to need Collie this season. They’ve got one of the weakest wide receiving units in the league, possibly the worst, so adding someone with his talent was a great pickup.
He did play during the Niners first preseason game, all in garbage time. He caught two balls for 20 yards.