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A review and commentary on the history & lastest events surrounding the 17 time NFC Western Division & 5 -Time World Champion San Francisco 49ers. From 1946 and the All America Football Conference to 2009 and the road to a 6th Super Bowl title - For true fans of the scarlet and gold! Enjoy!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Rating The Squads - The Receivers

Now we move to a look at the offensive skill positions. The wide-outs.


The Special Teams Grade: B
The Defensive Backs Grade: B-
The Linebackers Grade: B+
The Defensive Line Grade: C
The Offensive Line Grade: B

Next up: The Receivers

Grade: B

The 49ers are banking on new additions Darrell Jackson and Ashley Lelie contributing as a go-to man and deep threat respectively. Jackson plays faster with the ball and Lelie can blow past any DB. Arnaz Battle is the team's most established receiver, playing well as a 3rd down possesion man. Bryan Gilmore, acquired last year from Miami was a reasonable threat to contribute the odd catch and as a threat on reverses. Brandon Williams, a rookie last year brought in primarily as a return specialist, was disappointing in that role and didn't catch a pass in '06. He will have to improve to earn a spot.

The most promising and interesting pass-catcher to watch should be 3rd round pick Jason Hill ,(left) out of Washington St.. As we profiled him in last weeks article, "Running Down Hill", Jason has the tools to be Alex Smith's prime target for some time to come. He has all the skills of the more well-known name brands such as Detroit's Calvin Johnson or Carolina's Dwayne Jarrett, just less attention having played with the less than stellar Wasu Cougars.

Marcus Maxwell, (above, right) a late round choice from '06, has been a poor man's "T.O." in his games in NFL Europe this spring. Look for him to make the roster.

Finally, at tight end, along with blocking TEs Delanie Walker and TE/OL Billy Bajema, is probably the most recognized 49er of all right now. Vernon Davis, (left), 1st round pick in 2006, has hall-of-fame speed and ability but needs to stay healthy this year. When he did play last year, he was great, but this year, Davis needs to focus more on improving his attitude and game, and less on his endorsement deals with Underarmour. If he does that, you are looking at Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe roled into one.

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