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Can Randy Moss revive his career in San Francisco?
Michael Crabtree; Ted Ginn Jr; Joe Hastings; A.J. Jenkins (R); Mario Manningham; Randy Moss; Kyle Nelson; Chris Owusu (R); Nathan Palmer (R); Brett Swain; Brian Tyms (R); Kyle Williams.
Moss and Manningham join an already talented group with Crabtree and Ginn. Moss is trying to revive his career after taking the 2011 season off. The future Hall of Famer caught just 28 passes in 2010 while playing for three separate teams.
Manningham comes over from the Giants, for whom he caught 160 passes for 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns over four years.
Crabtree is coming off his best season as a pro with 72 catches for 874 yards. Ginn enters his third season with the Niners, and sixth overall, as one of the league’s most dangerous return men. He had a kickoff return for a touchdown last year to give him three for his career. He also has three career punt return TDs, one of which came last year.
Another playmaker the Niners added could be Jenkins, whom they drafted late in the first round. The former Illinois star was highly thought of by several teams, and the Rams likely would have taken him three picks later. Jenkins caught 90 passes for 1,276 yards and set several Illini receiving records along the way.
Swain is back with the team, but the group has become crowded. Hastings is a second-year player from Washburn College who has little chance to make the team. Nelson has played tight end and spent time with the Chiefs and Saints.
Palmer, an undrafted rookie from Northern Illinois, received a particularly high signing bonus of $10,000. Owusu and Tyms are also undrafted rookies from Stanford and Florida A&M, respectively. Owusu has talent but also has a history of concussions. Tyms is a raw talent with good size at 6’2”, 202 pounds.
Williams made himself known in last year’s NFC championship game when he fumbled two punts that led to 10 points for the New York Giants. Following San Francisco’s loss, he received death threats from fans. A sixth-round pick in 2010 from Arizona State, Williams has 21 career receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns.