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?