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Niners commence process of sorting out their wideouts

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With Michael Crabtree out due to a torn Achilles tendon, the 49ers have only one clear-cut starting receiver.  And he was playing for the other team in Super Bowl XLVII.

Behind Anquan Boldin, it’s unclear how the depth chart will shake out.  The contenders got their first chance to jockey for position in a game setting on Thursday night against the Broncos.

The starter across from Boldin was Marlon Moore, another newcomer who played 14 games for the Dolphins in 2012, with two starts.

“That was based on practice,” coach Jim Harbaugh said of the decision to go with Moore, adding that the 25-year-old “made a spectacular catch” in the game and was “solid in all of his assignments.”

Second-year first-rounder A.J. Jenkins, who fumbled the ball after his only catch of the night, got a far less glowing report.

“Could have been better,” Harbaugh said of Jenkins, who could have been cut last year but for his draft pedigree.

The options at wideout include another first-year 49er, who caught two passes in his debut after four seasons with the Colts.

“It’s been a long time, felt a little foreign, but it was fun,” said Austin Collie.  A solid player, his career has been plagued by concussions.

“[T]hey’ve been in the rear view mirror for a while now,” Collie said regarding his issues with head injuries.

Yet another first-year 49er, Chad Hall, made a pair of catches as he tries to become a viable option in the slot.

“It’s good to get out there full speed, game-like situations,” Hall said. “I felt like I got open a lot and the quarterbacks put it on the money when they threw it to me.”

The quarterbacks will continue throwing it to plenty of the receivers as the preseason continues, and as the coaching staff tries to figure out who deserves jobs and who deserves reps when the real games begin.

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28 Responses to “Niners commence process of sorting out their wideouts”
  1. lurch61 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:02 AM

    Hall and Osgood looked viable. Collie could be a good pickup. Time to regard Jenkins for what he is….BUST.

  2. wilsonwillbreaku says: Aug 9, 2013 11:18 AM

    WR is the torn achilles heel of the niners.

  3. edmonton49ers says: Aug 9, 2013 11:20 AM

    Can’t wait for December 8. Hoping Crab and Percy will both strap on the pads and we can see who’s the true king of the West.

  4. jayniner says: Aug 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    Let’s not forget Vance McDonald….that dude looked like he had stick ‘em on his hands catching everything coming his way.

  5. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:28 AM

    Marlon Moore, AJ Jenkins, Austin Collie, and Chad Hall…..Thats a shame.

    I don’t know why they don’t want Randy Moss. They run the West Coast Offense. Jon Gruden stayed getting 1000 yard seasons from WRs in their mid to late 30′s. But Gruden was a former WR coach who knew how to coach WRs….I don’t think anybody in the 49ers organization does. That’s why Alex Smith underachieved there. You can only throw to RBs and TEs for so long. Sooner of later a WR has to step up.

  6. handsomehawk says: Aug 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    Seattle’s practice squad WR’s would be starters for the Whiners.

    “Newsflash”, Boldin has never been a #1 WR and never will be. Always played behind Fitz and T. Smith..complimentary at best.

    Hope you fairy’s enjoyed you’re 2 year run..

  7. asimonetti88 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    The 49ers’ wide receiver situation is not that much different than last year. Look at the Super Bowl! The 49ers only had four players catch passes: Crabtree, VD, Delanie and Moss. Last year it was Crabtree and a bunch of questions behind him. This year it is Boldin and a bunch of questions behind him.

    Kyle Williams, if healthy, will be a viable #2 receiver until Crabtree can hopefully come back. Manningham may be able to play sometime this year as well, which gives the 49ers another #2 or #3 receiver as well.

    I’m not sure why there is so much focus on this position group this year all of a sudden.

  8. asimonetti88 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:49 AM

    handsomehawk says:Aug 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    “Newsflash”, Boldin has never been a #1 WR and never will be. Always played behind Fitz and T. Smith..complimentary at best.
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    In what world did Boldin play behind Torrey Smith? He led the Ravens in receptions and receiving yards all three years he played in Baltimore. He also led the Ravens in receptions and receiving yards and TDs in the playoffs last yera.

  9. pop562 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:52 AM

    One thing every fan can agree on, Seattle Seahawks never ever won a Super Bowl or a championship. So why do their fans talk like they won anything at all is ridiculous. 49ers went to the Super Bowl last year and lost, we get that. But what have the 49ers done lately?…oh just back to back NFC West champs, went to back to back NFC championship games and is still the NFC Champs until otherwise.

  10. bobhk says: Aug 9, 2013 11:57 AM

    @handsomehawk says:
    Aug 9, 2013 11:30 AM
    Seattle’s practice squad WR’s would be starters for the Whiners.

    “Newsflash”, Boldin has never been a #1 WR and never will be. Always played behind Fitz and T. Smith..complimentary at best.

    Hope you fairy’s enjoyed you’re 2 year run..

    ——-
    as if Tate and rice are any better. scrubs. one 1000 yard season between all the seahag receivers. enjoy the one hit wonder called Wilson.

  11. jayvee3 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:57 AM

    “I don’t know why they don’t want Randy Moss. They run the West Coast Offense. ”

    Moss is a terrible fit in a West Coast Offense. Short, precise routes are by far his biggest weakness.

  12. vgferenzi says: Aug 9, 2013 12:00 PM

    Not a niners fan at all and already sick of seahawks fans…quickly becoming the worst in football.

    Cheater coach, team full of suspended cheaters and crybabies, haven’t won their own division in years, never won a super bowl…perpetually running their mouths.

  13. jrazz22 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:10 PM

    handsomehawk says: Aug 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    Seattle’s practice squad WR’s would be starters for the Whiners.

    “Newsflash”, Boldin has never been a #1 WR and never will be. Always played behind Fitz and T. Smith..complimentary at best.

    Hope you fairy’s enjoyed you’re 2 year run..
    ———————————————————-
    Yeah because Tate’s career total of over 1200 yards in 3 years is something to be proud of. Give me a break. Rice has had one solid year and is good when he plays, but can’t stay healthy.

    Bolidin is a gamer and has always been a solid receiver. Show some respect.

    And for the love of god, can you turds please understand the difference between “your” and “you’re”.

    No one takes Seahawk fans like you seriously. You only spew hate and have no respect for another teams players. Truly the most pathetic fanbase in sports.

  14. seahonky says: Aug 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    Pop562….But what have the 49ers done lately?…they lost to the broncos last night and they looked bad….

  15. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    handsomehawk says:
    Aug 9, 2013 11:30 AM
    Seattle’s practice squad WR’s would be starters for the Whiners.

    “Newsflash”, Boldin has never been a #1 WR and never will be. Always played behind Fitz and T. Smith..complimentary at best.

    Hope you fairy’s enjoyed you’re 2 year run..

    ——————————————————-

    37 years in existence………………..and every finger STILL is empty.

    Go back to staring at your retired 12th Man jersey hahah!!

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:44 PM

    jayvee3 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 11:57 AM
    “I don’t know why they don’t want Randy Moss. They run the West Coast Offense. ”

    Moss is a terrible fit in a West Coast Offense. Short, precise routes are by far his biggest weakness.
    —————————————-

    Moss’ weakness is being used as a decoy and not being trusted to win one on one matchups….When he’s used that way his own team stops him. The D Cooridnator doesn’t even have to worry about him.

    What WR is a good fit for that 49ers offense?? And don’t mention Crabtree. Only time the WR corps looks halfway decent is when Martz was there. That fool Mike Martz had receivers like Jason Hill ballin’.

  17. seahawksteven777 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:07 PM

    sampsonswag01

    “37 years in existence………………..and every finger STILL is empty.

    Go back to staring at your retired 12th Man jersey hahah!!”

    That’s funny, because the first 37 years in the 49ers history didn’t yield any championships either. Easy for you to knock down teams that have only been around half as long as the 49ers.

    Don’t be a hypocrite.

  18. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:20 PM

    Is there seriously a Raider fan trying to talk smack about our receiving corp let alone our team? Don’t even mind the Sqwak trolls kawing, in what universe do you have the audacity to criticize the reigning NFC Champs? Since YOUR last Super Bowl appearance you have been at the bottom of the league. While the Niners have been to consecutive NFCCG and a Super Bowl, QED troll.

    As for last night, I though Collie and Lockette looked the best and should expect to see them get more passes next week. Moore did make a good catch but Jenkins only dug himself deeper in the bust hole. And Vance McDonald looked like a friggin stud despite the two drops.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  19. unclearloyalty says: Aug 9, 2013 1:39 PM

    “37 years in existence………………..and every finger STILL is empty.

    Go back to staring at your retired 12th Man jersey hahah!!”

    That’s funny, because the first 37 years in the 49ers history didn’t yield any championships either. Easy for you to knock down teams that have only been around half as long as the 49ers.

    Don’t be a hypocrite.
    —————————–

    That’s funny, niners were founded in 1946. How many years is it between 1946 and 1981 seahawksteven777?? Lets just say its under 37. Go put back on your Dan McGwire jersey

  20. whatjusthapped says: Aug 9, 2013 1:40 PM

    TO is doing sit ups in his driveway waiting for a phone call.

  21. overweightman says: Aug 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    “seahonky says:
    Aug 9, 2013 12:41 PM
    Pop562….But what have the 49ers done lately?…they lost to the broncos last night and they looked bad….”

    BAHAHAHA you got to be kidding me? Typical bandwagon fan that knows very little about the preseason, much less the NFL…

  22. trollhammer20 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:01 PM

    “Cheater coach, team full of suspended cheaters and crybabies, haven’t won their own division in years,”

    Well, this will actually be the third season since Seattle last won the West. Yeah, I know, it was only 7-9, but, none of the other teams, including the Niners, could do any better that year….and they also eliminated the Saints.

    As for Carroll cheating, how has he managed to do this in the NFL?

    Crybabies? Any specific quotes to back this up?

    “Team full of suspended cheaters”….last check, there are two guys on the current roster, Browner and Winston Guy, who actually served legit suspensions.

    But, keep spewing ignorance. It’s darn amusing. Kinda sad, though, that you get to engage in such poor critical thinking, and are still allowed to vote.

  23. jdhein22 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    Chad Hall was on the 49ers last year. He played in both the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl.

  24. bucsducksipa says: Aug 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    No particular fan of either team, but you can’t ignore the level of talent both have currently. Living primarily on the left Coast, I’ve seen my share, and then some, of both teams, especially before the NFL Ticket launched in ’94′ While both now reside in the NFC Western conference, comparing the two franchises is comparing apples from Washington to oranges from California and even then, your probably not going to find an orange tree in San Francisco proper, I could be wrong. the 49er’s, historically were one of the worst franchises in the league, look it up. So it get’s old hearing 49er fans bloviating about Seattle never having won anything, especially considering they’ve had the good fortune to have easily two of the top five players ever at their position and at the same time, Montana, Rice. Admittedly Seattle fans tend to get a little excited, for Christ’s sake they’ve been picked preseason to go to the Superbowl how many times. I don’t care if you have any affinity toward either team, the question is how the hell do the Cowboys, Giants and Steelers, none of who made the playoffs last year, rate three games each on Sunday night football. Talk about overblown expectations.

  25. swu32733 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:55 PM

    Lots of history buffs out there. Anyone remember the last game between the Niners and Seahawks?

  26. yousuxxors says: Aug 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    is manningham still hurt? I think boldin him and Davis is solid enough with their running game. problem is manningham best season came as a number three behind Cruz and nicks

  27. baymac408 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:32 PM

    Yo Seattle fans should just shut up!! Troll hammer got on all you fake excuse for a football franchise… Keep tryna catch up! All I hear from Seattle is wawawawawaa bunch of yelling and crying… Suckas

  28. bobhk says: Aug 9, 2013 6:38 PM

    @swu32733 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 2:55 PM
    Lots of history buffs out there. Anyone remember the last game between the Niners and Seahawks?

    ————–
    Yup I do. Remember the last time Seaquacks won a championship….oh wait…you can’t remember since you’re the trash that the garbage man called Carroll brought with him.

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