The San Francisco 49ers currently have a 90-man roster that will eventually be cut to 75 and then finally to 53. Whenever you have a talented team like the 49ers do, cuts will be tough and good players will be released. The biggest competition in camp is the wide receiver battles and you could see a wide array of Niners making this team, below is my (non)educated guess on who makes the team at receiver.
Anquan Boldin – Obviously, he’s the 49ers #1 receiver and the only consistent threat at the receiver position. He is not a burner, but he doesn’t have to be. He makes contested catches even with defenders all over him, he is a quarterback’s best friend on third down and in the red zone and will hopefully carry the load while Michael Crabtree rehabs from a torn Achilles.
Marlon Moore – Moore has been a standout in camp, but we never would have thought he would be the 49ers starting receiver in back-to-back weeks in the preseason. With little information coming from the coaching staff, watching reps and playing time in the preseason is the only true way to tell the actual depth chart on the team. That being said, Moore has a chance to be the #2 receiver on the Niners after the receiver-needy Miami Dolphins decided not to re-sign him.
Kyle Williams – Williams returns from a torn ACL and has been slowed by a hamstring injury in Training Camp, but Williams was one of the names that 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh said is in the mix for the #2 receiver position. Williams adds speed and quickness to a offense that needs it and he provides value on special teams as a kick and punt returner.
Quinton Patton – Patton is a rookie fourth-round pick that has not played in preseason yet, due to a broken finger, but the coaching staff loves him and the Niners would not give up on a fourth-round pick this early in the process. Patton has a chance to make a rare impact as a rookie on the 49ers.
Looking Good (1):
Jon Baldwin – The Niners traded bust-for-bust with the Kansas City Chiefs and Harbaugh has already said how much he likes Baldwin and that he’s had his eye on him since high school. Baldwin will make the team because he has all the measurables (6’4″, 4.4 forty) and can be a weapon down the field and in the red zone.
On the Bubble (2):
Austin Collie – Collie seems to still be recovery from a knee injury that kept him out all of last year and everyone knows about his concussion issues. If he does make the team, he could make an impact and be a steady receiver for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. But, his injury history and still not being 100% could keep him off the roster.
Chad Hall – Hall worked out in Atlanta with Kaepernick this offseason and it has showed, he has been a reliable receiver in Training Camp. But, working out in Atlanta seems to be a death sentence for the 49ers just ask Ricardo Lockette and A.J. Jenkins. Hall is small, but reliable, the coaching staff may want to take a risk on a player with a higher upside.
If the Niners do decide to keep six receivers my money is on Boldin, Williams, Patton, Baldwin, Moore and Collie.
Who do you think should make the Niners roster at receiver?