The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver corps is certainly loaded with lots weapons. Currently the team has four former and/or no#1 receivers, with a 1000 yard seasons under their belt.
#49ers now have 4 wide receivers who have had a 1,000-yard season since 2010: Boldin, Crabtree, Johnson, Lloyd.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) May 9, 2014
In the offseason several acquisitions were made to provide quarterback Colin Kapernick with some extra ammunition. Starting with the acquisition of free agent Brandon Lloyd. Who, in 2012 with the Patriots had 74 receptions for 911 yards.
Plus the 49ers traded the Buffalo Bills a (conditional 2015 draft pick) for veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who had three previous seasons with over 1000 yards in a season including 2010 where he had a career best 80 receptions.
Another returning player to keep an eye on during OTAs and minicamp is Kansas City cast off, Jonathan Baldwin, who is trying desperately to shed the dreaded “bust” label. There may yet be hope for the former first round draft pick out of Pittsburgh. He a very intriguing player at 6’4, 225 pounds and 24.
The 49ers brass took a chance last year trading away its own forgettable first-round bust, wide-receiver AJ Jenkins, in the hope a change of scenery would be best for all involved
Don’t rest on the young ones, there’s always room in this powerful offensive unit,Expect Kaeprnick to look in Quinton Pattons direction more, in the 2014 season.
And the newly drafted Bruce Ellington that was labeled “sensational” by coach Steve Spurrier. This is an excellent endorsement considering Spurrier knows a thing or two about the wide receiver position. Ellington is a speedster who will be exciting to watch on the 49ers offense this coming season. Additionally, Ellington played point guard for the South Carolina Basketball team.
Tossing in the returning studs Michael Crabtree and a freshly extended Anquan Boldin that in the offseason re-signed with team it’s safe to say that San Francisco has a solid unit of wide receivers.
It just wouldn’t be right to not mention Davis so let me send a quick shout out to the most complete tight-end in the game today. At the same time undrafted free agent Jerry Rice Jr. would like to follow in his dad footsteps and is will be trying to make the final cut the team.
I will be looking forward to any and all feedback negative and positive alike, hopefully more of the latter. Here is my projected wide receiver depth chart.
1. Michael Crabtree
2. Anquan Boldin
3. Stevie Johnson
4. Quinton Patton
5. Bruce Ellington
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