Aging wonder Isaac Bruce was inactive in the victory over the Bears on Thursday due to an ankle injury however even though he is healthy now Mike Singletary announced that Josh Morgan will start opposite Michael Crabtree for the remainder of the season. This is a good move by Singletary as the 49ers are trying to find out what type of NFL players their young receivers will become. Other than Crabtree, second year receiver Morgan has the best potential upside in becoming a dominant wider receiver. Having Crabtree to distract the defense helps as well. We are starting to see what the 49ers of the future could look like. With Alex Smith as the new QB starter for now and maybe the future offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye has opened up the playbook spreading out the offensive formations which has worked well not only for the passing game but Raye has also shown that the offense can run the football effectively even with Frank Gore in shotgun formation. If you look at the top teams in the NFL (Colts, Saints, Patriots) right now many of them are a pass first offense in the spread formation and run second effectively. The 49ers are trying to establish an offense along these lines and inserting Morgan into the lineup will give the team a good idea of what pieces they have in place and what they need to still go out and get. I love Bruce and everything he has done for the Niners but chances are this is his last year in the NFL and the 49ers will be moving on without him anyways.
Morgan’s 2009 receiving stats:
23 receptions, 300 receiving yards, 1 touchdown. Longest catch this year was for 61 yards
Morgan’s career stats:
43 receptions, 619 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns.
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