The San Francisco 49ers have been battered by injuries to their receiving corp this past year and now the Niners are looking to bring in another receiver that has had injury problems throughout his career. The 49ers have invited former Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie for a workout.
Collie has had a plethora of injuries throughout his career including brutal head and knee injuries. When Collie is healthy, he can be a very productive slot receiver that is clearly not afraid to go over the middle even if it results in another concussion.
San Francisco is without Michael Crabtree (achilles), Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams (knee) for the start of minicamp and could use the depth of a low-risk receiver entering the competition. Crabtree will miss most, if not all, of the year; Manningham figures to start the season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) and Williams is hopeful to return for training camp.
Currently, Anquan Boldin is the clear cut #1 receiver for the Niners while A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Quinton Patton and others are competing for the coveted number two and three receiver spots.
If Collie’s workout goes well and he passes a physical expect the Niners to offer him a non-guaranteed deal.