The San Francisco 49ers are set for training camp to begin at the end of the month. But before the team can defend its NFC West division crown this upcoming season, let’s take a look at the depth of each position group on the roster as they prepare for camp. Wide receivers are up next.
Despite missing all of the exhibition season for a third consecutive year,
RETURNERS: Michael Crabtree (fourth season), Ted Ginn Jr. (sixth season, third with San Francisco), Kyle Williams (third season),
Wide receivers coach John Morton has a lot to work with this coming training camp, 11 talented wideouts with unique skill sets to be exact. In addition to working with five returning players from last year’s roster who already have an understanding of offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s system, Morton will be working with a skillful group of young wideouts, who are soaking up knowledge from the veterans. Moss’ Hall of Fame candidacy could be cemented in San Francisco with a season to remember. Manningham, meanwhile, is looking to carve out greater moments in an already promising career. The former New York Giant made arguably the biggest play in last year’s Super Bowl, a 38-yard catch to set up the go-ahead touchdown, and went right back to work this offseason. Manningham displayed the same athleticism, route-running and possession skills that made him one of the league’s top emerging wideouts. Behind Jenkins, many of the rookie wide receivers have stood out in the team’s offseason program with their own eye-catching plays. Now, the youthful group will aim to take advantage of practice time in training camp as well as playing time in the preseason. One of the undrafted wideouts, Stanford’s Chris Owusu, enters camp with a leg up on his competitors having already played for a Harbaugh-coached team.
The number of wins recorded by the 49ers in 2011 when out-passing opponents. The 49ers were a perfect 6-0 in such games.
“I know this organization wants the Super Bowl but I’ve always tried to take it one game at a time. That’s a long-term goal for us to get to the Super Bowl, but first of all, you’ve got to take it one game at a time, win your division, make the playoffs and then you can look at the end of the road and that’s the Super Bowl ring.”
-New 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss on Mar. 12, the day he signed a one-year contract with the club.