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San Francisco 49ers Sign WRs Austin Collie & Lavelle Hawkins


The San Francisco 49ers are signing not one, but two wide receivers to their 90-man roster. Sources say the 49ers are signing former Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie and former University of California product Lavelle Hawkins to one-year deals.

The Niners depth behind starting wide receiver Anquan Boldin has been weak with serious injuries to Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham still recovering from a torn ACL and minor injuries to A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams, Collie and Hawkins will come in and immediately compete for a starting spot on offense.

Collie, when healthy, is a very good receiver that was one of Peyton Manning‘s favorite targets with the Colts. Collie has suffered from multiple concussions that has cost him many seasons and almost his career. According to PFF.com, Collie caught 76.1% of passes thrown to him and Colts QBs had a 128.0 QB rating when targeting him. With all the injuries on the 49ers, it would not be a shock to see Collie immediately inserted into the starting lineup if he can stay healthy, which is a big if.

Hawkins also was one of the three receivers to work out for the 49ers and the former Cal Bear will return home. Hawkins was a fourth-round pick in 2008 with the Tennessee Titans. In his career, he has 71 receptions for 771 yards and one touchdown.

The 49ers also worked out former Dallas Cowboy receiver Laurent Robinson, but he seems to be the only receiver of the three not to have signed with the Niners.

I wonder what future Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens are thinking as they sit on their couch.

What do you think of the two 49ers signings?

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  • RAYMOND LOZANO

    do you think the 49ers Should sign Rady Moss again,how about Terrell Owens,or Chad Johnson,do you think.these Players got anything left to Help the 49ers. 

    • LANCE CARTELLI

      Simply put, no.

      TO is crazy and old. Chad Johnson couldn’t make it on the dolphins and the pats and he’s old. And it’s very telling that the 9ers, who had holes at receiver, didn’t re-sign Moss after last year.

    • mauiblizzard

      Hell no. Collie is the cream of the crop amongst all the guys they are talking about. Yes, he has had health issues, which include a dangerously high number of concussions/head shots. But, when healthy, dude just produces like crazy. He is incredible in the red zone. He is a top notch slot receiver when healthy. I would even go so far to say that, (WHEN HEALTHY), I think he is a better slot receiver than Crabtree. It sounds crazy, until you really di into the footage and the numbers. Yes, Collie played mostly with Manning, but when hes on the field, the guy just catches touchdowns and third down conversions. He catches almost 80% of his targets, he has great hands and routinely makes difficult catches on badly thrown passes, has a knack for always getting open and the just flat out produces. And again, in the red zone, he is a machine. Hes a cybernetic organism, living tissue over metal endoskeleton, made by cyberdyne systems, designed with a purpose of catching touchdowns in the red zone. Ha well he is a machine in the red zone, but the guy has concussion issues. Serious, serious concussion issues. He is one head shot away from a career ending hit, whether he retires by choice, or by force. BUT, he has been so successful when healthy, and had success so quickly as a rookie, I believe that if Collie wasn’t concussion prone, and had been able to play pretty much a full season each year of his career, we would be comparing him to a younger Wes Welker.