On Mario Manningham’s 26th birthday, it seems like much of the Bay Area media’s recent attention has been on the San Francisco 49ers’ other top wideouts: Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, and first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.
That’s fine with the quiet, unassuming former New York Giants wide receiver, who’s happy to stay out of the spotlight after joining the 49ers this offseason on a two-year deal.
Moss made headlines twice this week when Jenkins shared insight on the veteran receiver’s training tips, which includes an affinity for swimming after practices. The 14-year-veteran also was discussed when 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis told the media that the two have formed a bond from fishing outings with former San Jose Sharks All-Star Owen Nolan.
Crabtree’s improved health, according to quarterback Alex Smith, has been a big positive for the passing game’s development this offseason.
It’s a great development considering a recent post from Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle, who explained that Crabtree was one of the game’s best wideouts over the final 11 games of the 2011 regular season. Branch: “In the season’s final 11 games, Crabtree had 61 catches for 742 yards and four touchdowns, which would translate to 89 catches for 1,079 yards and six touchdowns over a 16-game season.
“During that stretch, Crabtree had more receptions than Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe and then-Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall had in their final 11 games. He also had more yards than Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace and as many touchdowns as New England’s Wes Welker.”
More on the 49ers offense and the latest OTA headlines after the jump.
ESPN’s First Take panel of Herm Edwards, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless recently discussed the 49ers chances of representing the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII.
SB Nation continues to share footage from last weekend’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere with a video of Jenkins interviewing rookie running back LaMichael James.
Lastly, fullback Bruce Miller continues to develop at a position that’s fairly new to him.
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