The 49ers made quite the splash during the offseason, adding several explosive wide receivers through free agency and the draft. As the team gets prepared for training camp, some observers are labeling this year’s crop of wideouts as one of the best in franchise history.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com recently wrote the strong statement, “The 49ers have never had a group of wide receivers as deep and talented as the one they had sprinting around their practice field during their seven weeks of practices this offseason.” Above all, Maiocco said he’s been most impressed with Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss, saying they set the pace for the rest of the position group.
Today’s Morning Tailgate features headlines from 49ers receivers ranging from R.C. Owens to Joe Hastings to Randy Moss, with a bit of defensive flavor mixed in for good measure.
Maiocco’s bold declaration of this year’s wide receiver talent certainly raised some eye brows, so the veteran reporter published a follow-up article on Friday to support his initial thoughts. Maiocco: “In making the above statement, I was referring to depth — a combination of looking at the 11 receivers on the 49ers’ 90-man roster from the bottom up, as well as from the top down.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com also weighed into the discussion and noted that the 49ers are the only team in the NFL with four first-round pick wide receivers on the roster. Sando: “The 49ers selected two of them, Crabtree and (A.J.) Jenkins. They acquired (Ted) Ginn by trade and signed Moss as a free agent.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reached out to readers for their memories of the late, great R.C. Owens and received thoughtful responses. Here’s one from Dr. Mitch States: “When he was a rookie, R.C. Owens became my favorite. Perhaps he was a bit lonely in the new environment, but we would play catch and talk awhile before he’d leave. I gave him my address, and he would send me postcards from the towns they were in for away games (Detroit, Chicago, etc.)”
ProFootballWeekly.com is holding a tournament-style debate to decide which NFL team has the best defense. In the semi-final round, the 49ers earned the winning nod from all five panelists over NFC West rival Seattle. Contributing writer Mitch Fraser: “Although the Seahawks have a very respectable defense that could potentially sneak them into the playoffs in the 2012 season, this one is seemingly a no-brainer. The 49ers take this match up because their defense was the driving force that got them to the NFC Championship game last season.”
CSNBayArea.com continued its rookie profile series with a look at seventh-round pick Cam Johnson. CSN has also profiled sixth-round pick Jason Slowey.
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