Behind Boldin, Niners have logjam at receiver


As the first week of preseason games approaches, depth charts are starting to pop up.  Though for some teams they’re minefield of misinformation, it’s the first tangible sign of how camp is shaking out.

For the 49ers, the receiver position is a far cry from last year’s quintet of No. 1 wideouts.

With Michael Crabtree gone until the middle of the season at the earliest with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Anquan Boldin becomes the obvious choice for the team’s top receiver.  The other starter listed on the initial depth chart is Kyle Williams, who recently was activated from the PUP list after suffering a torn ACL in 2012.

Technically, the 49ers have four second-string wideouts, with A.J. Jenkins and Charly Martin behind Boldin, and Chad Hall and Marlon Moore behind Williams.

Ditto at the third string, with Ricardo Lockette, Lavelle Hawkins, Kassim Osgood, and Quinton Patton taking up what otherwise would be two spots.  Newcomer Austin Collie and Chuck Jacobs are on the fourth team.

Gone from the list are Crabtree and Mario Manningham, who’s still on the PUP list while recovering from his own ACL tear.

Lockette’s status as, at best, No. 7 on the depth chart doesn’t bode well for his ability to make the team, despite his close friendship with quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The recent arrival of Hawkins and Collie suggests that the Niners aren’t satisfied with their current corps of pass-catchers.  More veterans could be added, in theory, if the current receivers don’t step up in the preseason.  Likewise, Vernon Davis could end up at receiver from time to time (or more often), too.

Elsewhere on the depth chart, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is listed behind Tarell Brown and ahead of Perrish Cox at right cornerback, and rookie safety Eric Reid is behind C.J. Spillman at free safety.

48 responses to “Behind Boldin, Niners have logjam at receiver

  1. 9ers are in need big time at WR …next man up better be capable or else Colin is gonna be hurting or picked a lot.

  2. This whole article is untrue. There isn’t a log jam behind Boldin..what there is a bunch of bums behind Boldin. That’s why none stand out.

    That’s why Vernon Davis has been playing wide receiver for practically all last week. They are in trouble because Boldin is slow and will be double teamed.

    They are in trouble.

  3. I wouldn’t read too much into the Collie and Hawkins signings. There are just a TON of nicked up receivers right now…things like tweaked hammies. You need a ton of receivers to make practice possible (they run more than anyone else). You have to figure one of these guys will emerge into a reasonable #2. Also, don’t forget that it doesn’t necessarily need to be a WR that makes up for all of Crabtree reps. No one uses 2 TE sets more than the Niners, so Vance M’s development is just as important to watch as the fight for the #2 WR spot.

  4. well, this is a great opportunity for a receiver to make a name for himself out of nowhere and shock the NFL…can’t wait for the season to start!

  5. Baalke and Harbaugh get all this credit and praise from the 49er fanbase but those cats wouldn’t know a good WR if it hit them in the in the head. Those guys even missed on Doug Baldwin a WR that played under Harbaugh in college! Doug Baldwin’s better than that whole logjam of scrubs…… And None of “The Logjam” could make the Raiders’ roster. We wouldn’t even waste a practice squad spot on anyone of those receivers. Will take BJ Daniels though.

  6. the Legion Of Doom is gonna have a field day blowing these scrubs up.
    No receivers, an immature, overrated QB.
    Seattle is gonna walk away with the division while Harbaugh cries and tattoolongneck goes back to “color coordinating”his attire by wearing a Seahawks cap

  7. They are at basically the same level they were at last year at that position, as a group fairly mediocre. With Davis, their running game, and a more experienced Kaepernick, they’ll likely be stronger offensively than last season.

  8. We all know Crabtree’s injured and not dead, right? He’ll be back by midseason, not the after life, right? Same with Manningham & Kyle Williams injuries. Oh and there’s that little matter of a top 2 running game last yr. Keep calm.

  9. 4 #2’s? They have nothing but a collection of #3 guys. Between that and having to rebuild their secondary, the 49ers will be lucky to finish ahead of the Rams.

  10. Two things:

    — With the exception of a small handful of teams’ fans, you all wish you were us.

    — As has often been said, Seahawk fans might want to wait until their team actually wins something more than a regular season game before they start bragging. Legion of Doom? You must be kidding me. What a joke.

  11. Before everyone gets all excited, it is not all that different from last year. Crabtree was the #1 and now he is replaced by Boldin. That is looking fairly equivalent. After that, the 49ers didn’t have a whole lot, especially after Kyle Williams and Manningham went down. If the 49ers can get to the playoffs with Boldin, Crabtree, and Manningham, look out. That should be a pretty good combo, especially if Crabtree can come back without too much dropoff from where he left off.

  12. Yuck..the 49ers are hurting at receiver, especially if Boldin is your #1. He is by all accounts a complimentary receiver and thrives when attention is diverted from him opposite of him. Colon will be running for his life trying to find open guys, o look for him to have some injuries.

  13. Boldin is a great guy to have on your team. But if he’s your No.1, you are not looking good at the position.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says:
    Aug 3, 2013 4:00 PM
    So the 49ers traded up to get a second string safety in the first round? (Reid)

    Soooo the Cowboys used a 1st round pick on a uniformly agreed upon 3rd round center from Wisconsin who can grow a big beard??

    Dude. As a Cowboys fan……just shut it and enjoy the 8-8 coming again.

  15. Y’all said Crabtree was a bust just a year ago. Remember? Now, suddenly, we can’t live without him? What changed? The Kappa. Colin is the difference. Crabtree is NOT a fast receiver, he was a physical one who could fight for the ball and get YACS. He was a poor man’s Boldin. Guess what? We now have Boldin. We also have Kyle Williams. Now, while we’re ALL still mad at him, he’s quick and can get open. We have a good number of guys like that. Soon as we find one that can halfway catch (Crabtree caused a lot of int’s by having the ball bounce off his helmet, remember? Veron used to have hands of cement and couldn’t catch a tee ball, remember?) then Kap will make a star out of someone new, someone young and hungry. They got to the NFL by having the physical capabilities to get here. A chance to play with what could be the best QB we’ve had since Steve Young is what most rookies DON’T have on other teams. Because of Kap’s legs and our running game, DB’s have to play man. These WR’s will get open.

    Don’t give up yet.

  16. I’m looking forward to the Niners-Seahawks games this year but the wide receivers for both teams leave a lot to be desired (at least until December).

  17. This logjam is the type that is going to require a plunger. The talent behind Boldin is nothing to be jealous of.

  18. Note the 49ers schedule. They have former players from a lot of teams they play this year … counter intel so to speak. With that being said, the game should be to run, as I think they should be able to run the ball effectively against numerous teams on their schedule.

  19. The Niners have played the most games (cumulative total) of any NFL Franchise the last two years. They’ve also traveled the most miles if any NFL team the last two years. That takes a toll. This year they have to travel further (by about 5k miles) more than any other team.

    Yet they’ll still be right in the mix this season and with their talent (even after all these injuries) and coaching, are still capable of going and beating any team in the league on any Sunday.

    It’s an absolute certainty this franchise will contend for Super Bowls every year for the next decade. That’s all any fan can ask for.

    Hate on.

  20. This isn’t going to be the massive problem people think. Vernon will be used as a receiver more, and we have LaMichael James to use in the Spoles roll. Also Gore is still going to be able to pound it up the middle & Kap will create plays with his feet. Not saying its not going to be restrictive but we’ll be fine.

  21. It’s a good thing the Niners have the BEST overall running game in the league while the WR corps shakes itself out….

  22. Thanks non Niner fans for ur input on the matter. If I’m not mistaken, the Niners are a run first team? Legion of doom?! Lol the same secondary that looks like a bunch of p*ssies when we run the ball on them. I don’t care if Seattle puts all 11 in the box the 49ers would still blow them up. Sherman is a good cover corner, but have you seen him try to stop runs on his side? Bwahahaha! He doesn’t talk when Iupati is making pancakes. “Insert new Seahawks fan really interested in 49ers articles”

  23. man theres alot of niner haterz I see and there allll up on this niner website seems to me like there worried or on kaeps dickk hahaha we will let the team do the talking on the field u can have the slowest receiver on the team and kaep will know how and when to use him we got a squad alot of enthusiasm and too hyped up niners got a squad and ready to go everyone will step up like a champ

  24. When I’m out fishing on the river, and I see a bunch of puny little twigs gathering at the bank, I don’t call that a logjam.

  25. It’s effing amazing that a Raider fan can come on here and make a statement like ” they wouldn’t even have a practice squad spot on the Raiders” Really? I forgot how good the Raiders WR’s are. Raider football the last 11 years, the worst. This year ranked 32 of 32 teams. NO room to talk and compare.

  26. With no WRs the 49ers will rely on the run. Opposing defenses will have a field day against the 1 dimensional 49ers. Will be lucky to go 2-6 by the time Crabtree is back.

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