With the trade deadline less than one week away, rumors about the San Francisco 49ers making a move to land much needed receiver help have continued to swirl.
Receiver’s Hakeem Nicks from the New York Giants and Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns have been the two biggest names to surface in recent weeks.
With Mario Manningham back at practice and possibly back in the starting lineup in the next couple of weeks as well as Michael Crabtree some time in mid-to late November, the 49ers may be in an interesting predicament where any move made would involve the use of a high draft pick in favor for a player who at season’s end may wind up a victim of free agency, or in laymen’s terms, “a rent a player”.
For the 49ers, any welcomed help at wide receiver would be nothing but improvement over their current roster. Outside of Anquan Boldin, the 49ers receivers’ haven’t had much success at getting open.
Starting WR Kyle Williams is the fourth leading receiver for the 49ers behind Boldin, tight end Vernon Davis and fullback Bruce Miller with just 10 catches in 7 games for 101 yards.
After Williams, Jon Baldwin is 7th on the 49ers with three catches.
As a result of the lack of production from the WR spot for the 49ers, QB Colin Kaepernick has suffered statically with just 8 touchdown passes in seven games, three of those games Kap didn’t hit the endzone through the air.
For the 49ers, acquiring either Nicks or Gordon would help spread the Niners offense vertically allowing for more room in the middle of the field for Vernon Davis, who leads the 49ers with six touchdown receptions.
With a fully healthy squad, the 49ers offense could easily become the best and most balanced in the league, and that’s a scary thought for some teams late in the season.