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San Francisco 49ers will struggle until Kaepernick, Stevie Johnson connect

Colin Kaepernick just gets rid of ball in end zone
Colin Kaepernick just gets rid of ball in end zone
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The San Francisco 49ers have not looked the part of a Super Bowl contender this preseason. On Wednesday, NFL.com reported why that may be the case. For an offense that works with a precision passing game, chemistry is the key. However, newcomer Stevie Johnson hasn’t yet found a groove with Colin Kaepernick.

Apparently, the 49ers cohesiveness is something that will have to come with more reps, as the season looms, San Francisco would rather it happen sooner than later. Even though Johnson hasn’t been overly productive, Coach Harbaugh stated that he is a lock to make the 53 man roster.

Stevie Johnson left Buffalo as the go to guy, but now he is finding a new role with the 49ers. As the third receiver, Johnson will play a pivotal role as another possession receiver with quickness on the inside.

According to The Sacramento Bee, Johnson utilizes quick cuts on the defender, but Kaepernick is having a tough time locating him in the open field. It’s definitely showed during the first few preseason games. However, Stevie Johnson believes that their chemistry will be game ready very soon.

San Francisco’s first team offense still hasn’t scored a touchdown yet. That’s one of the reasons why all eyes will be on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense when they take the field for the final preseason game. They’ll have their chance to produce on Thursday against the Houston Texans, but they likely won’t get more than a possession or two.

In the three preseason games, Kaepernick has completed 12 of 22 passes, but many of his incomplete attempts have been way off target.

San Francisco opens the season on the road at Dallas, and they have a tough first month of the season. With Seattle looking every bit as good as the Super Bowl champions should be, it’s imperative for the 49ers to get off to a fast start.

The slow starts could be nothing more than a blip on the radar. Once San Francisco plays a full fourth quarter game, we will see the running game affect the opposing defense in adverse ways.