Kyle Shanahan on receivers: We need right guy, not just a big guy

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The franchise tag deadline passed on Tuesday and the free agent market for receivers is looking a little deeper after Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins went untagged.

That information was likely noted in Santa Clara because the 49ers are expected to be in the market for receiving help now that they’ve locked up Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback. Many have pointed to Robinson as a potential target because he’d give the 49ers more size at the position than they had in 2017, but head coach Kyle Shanahan isn’t locking onto one type of wideout.

Shanahan said “you don’t have to have that to win” while talking about bigger receivers. Shanahan said the team needs the “right guy” rather than just chasing after a big guy who might not fit into their overall offensive system.

“If his elite trait is size, then we’ll use it,” Shanahan said, via ESPN.com. “But if that’s the only elite trait is size, you only can put him in on the 5-yard line and throw him a jump ball. And now we have this guy that we only use on the 5-yard line who doesn’t help on special teams, can’t play on the field and you only dress five receivers, one guy goes down, the fourth guy is your punt returner and now you have a guy who is just a big, slow jump-ball guy who has got to play over the whole field and now you are losing because of it. You don’t just go ‘Hey, we need a big guy.’ We need good receivers. They come in all shapes and sizes, and whatever the opportunities come, you use it as a coach the best you can.”

With Pierre Garçon expected back from last year’s neck injury to go with Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor, the 49ers have some options already on hand at receiver. Adding to that group should only make life better for Garoppolo, but the route they take to that end may not involve a big-ticket free agent addition.

17 responses to “Kyle Shanahan on receivers: We need right guy, not just a big guy

  1. This draft is loaded with good WR’s. I’m looking at mock drafts, and there are going to be many good WR’s still on the board in the 5th round. If Shanahan and their scouts know what to look for, they will hit on a couple good WR’s, and they won’t have to give away the house.

  2. omeimontis says:
    March 7, 2018 at 10:29 am

    If they lose Dr. Carlos and Mr. Hyde to free agency then they also need someone to catch the passes he did last year.

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    You mean the passes he dropped? Because he did that a lot.

  3. charliecharger says:
    March 7, 2018 at 10:26 am

    This draft is loaded with good WR’s. I’m looking at mock drafts, and there are going to be many good WR’s still on the board in the 5th round. If Shanahan and their scouts know what to look for, they will hit on a couple good WR’s, and they won’t have to give away the house.

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    This draft is loaded with average receivers. Calvin Ridley is widely considered the top of the class and he is looked at as a poor man’s Amari Cooper.

  4. This may sound like a stretch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they try signing Danny Amendola. While Amendola has specified that he likes winning and has consistently taken pay cuts to stay on the Patriots, he may be willing to play for the 49ers who have shown instant improvements with Jimmy G. He has played on the same team as Jimmy G, so there’s some familiarity there. From a big picture standpoint, he has around 3 years left in him, but could definitely fill a role at a relatively low cost while the 49ers develop younger talent.

  5. Oh come on coach! Let’s spend some of that bank roll on Allen Robinson! My dream is to sign Robinson, Andrew Norwell at Guard and Dion Lewis (RB). Then we sit back during the draft and watch them load up on D.

  6. p6one6 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 11:16 am

    This may sound like a stretch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they try signing Danny Amendola. While Amendola has specified that he likes winning and has consistently taken pay cuts to stay on the Patriots, he may be willing to play for the 49ers who have shown instant improvements with Jimmy G. He has played on the same team as Jimmy G, so there’s some familiarity there. From a big picture standpoint, he has around 3 years left in him, but could definitely fill a role at a relatively low cost while the 49ers develop younger talent.

    Couldn;t disagree more. Trent Taylor showed as a rook he’s as good as Amendola and 12 years younger. They don’t need more rabbit-like posession guys with Goodwin and Taylor. They need an alpha dog like Julio Jones on the outside opposite Garcon.

  7. Get a WR and CB through FA and then load up on OL, pass rush and Linebacker and CB depth through the draft

  8. 49’ers have Dynasty written all over them with the offensive guru in Shanahan, the franchise QB in Garoppolo, and the defensive architect in Jon Lynch.

    Big things coming for San Fran.

  9. The receivers weren’t the problem last year once Jimmy got in. Garçon will be back this year. It was the same problem all year. Interior offensive line and injuries.

  10. 49ers don’t NEED recievers right now. Garcon’s a top 10 reciever. He didn’t play with Jimmy G. so 49er fans don’t realize how good he is. We need a corner, a pass rusher, a guard and a running back since it looks like Hyde won’t be resigned.

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