Golden Nuggets: Colin Kaepernick Wins ESPY

Crockett and Tubbs called, they want their swag back. - USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, July 18, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Well the ESPYs are behind us and our very own Colin Kaepernick took home the ESPY for the breakthrough athlete of the year. I had a hunch he would take it. Football dominates the American psyche and what he did was amazing. Now all we're going to hear is how he's getting too big for his britches. You can see it in the comments in the Niners Nation thread announcing his victory. While his Miami Vice look was a bit over the top, I don't think it's cause to be alarmed. We've seen the work he puts in. We've seen results in his performances. And until he lets us down on the field, there's no reason to doubt his offseason will affect his play.

Colin Kaepernick wins ESPY for breakthrough athlete of the year (Gin)

Colin Kaepernick wins ESPY for "Best Breakthrough Athlete" (BASG)

Colin Kaepernick gets the call for ESPY (Sando)

Matt Maiocco discusses the 49ers running back position. We're not expecting much drama at the top of the depth chart. Frank Gore is the main back and Kendall Hunter should be the number two once he's fully healthy. LaMichael James' role should be increased. But will Anthony Dixon be able to hold off Jewell Hampton for the fourth running back spot? Dixon played 32 snaps on offense last season. His value lies in special teams. Hampton appears most capable to fill Gore's shoes. If Hunter is slow to recover, might that sway the decision to Hampton? | 49ers position-by-position breakdown: Running backs (Maiocco)

What's the position of greatest concern for the 49ers? Some might say wide receiver. I might say cornerback (or secondary in its entirety). The play of the secondary in the postseason has received a fair share of blame for our lack of Lombardi hardware. It doesn't look upgraded. Here's a few stories on CBs.

Darryl Morris - Could he be the 49ers' rookie free-agent sleeper? (SF Gate)

49ers Camp Preview: Cornerbacks (49ers.com)

Here's a video about rookie linebacker Corey Lemonier. He played DE in college. He's learning a new position. If Ahmad Brooks faces a suspension, will some of the responsibility fall on Lemonier's shoulders? Maybe as a third down pass rusher? | Meet the Rookies: 49ers LB Corey Lemonier (CSN)

49ers opponent breakdown 2013: Arizona Cardinals (Week 6 and 17) (Gin)

As NFL teams open camps, questions abound about NFC clubs (LA Times)

Seahawks fans trying to buy ‘Go Hawks' brick at new 49ers stadium (SF Gate)

On NaVorro Bowman's advice for his QB (Sando)

49ers' NaVorro Bowman says Colin Kaepernick made `huge mistake' wearing Dolphins hat (Mercury News)

Kaepernick poses for photo with Bay Area nemesis (CSN)

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