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Quinton Patton's hands are too good to pass up.
Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore, Kassim Osgood, Chad Hall, Chuck Jacobs, Charly Martin
Note: Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that Mario Manningham is still a month or so away from returning to the team at full capacity. If healthy, he would have secured the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver role out of camp. He may start as early as Week 1 or as late as the 49ers seventh game while on the PUP list.
Could we have possibly entertained any other position at the top of this list?
With Michael Crabtree gone for the first 10-12 games and Anquan Boldin locked in as the No. 1 wideout at the flanker position, competition will abound for the remaining receiver openings.
The 49ers cleared Kyle Williams for training camp after a successful recovery from ACL surgery. And No. 10 sure didn’t waste anytime showing off his explosive ability.
Williams blazed past the entire second-team defense and hauled in a deep pass from B.J. Daniels on Thursday. Matt Barrows also cited Williams as one of the three punt returners during the opening practice.
Next in line is 2012 first-round draftee A.J. Jenkins. The former No. 20 overall pick started opposite Boldin on Day 1. Many analysts look to him as the No. 2 receiver until Manningham returns.
Ricardo Lockette is the most unique physically among San Francisco wideouts. The former track star runs a 4.34 40 and boasts a muscular 6’2’’, 211-pound frame. Colin Kaepernick’s roommate may have a leg up on others due to his deep-threat potential.
Quinton Patton, the 49ers fourth-round steal in 2013, is difficult to forecast. He is a sure-handed target who does most things well. It just remains to be seen if his prolific domination at Louisiana Tech will translate into the NFL. He has worn a blue no-contact jersey through the first two days of camp, per Matt Maiocco.
The 49ers also brought in a couple of interesting offseason additions. Marlon Moore and Kassim Osgood—who stands at an impressive 6’5’’—both have earned their keep in the NFL as stalwarts on special teams coverage units. Can they crack this receiver-depleted roster with solid pass-catching performances in training camp?
Finally, Chad Hall held a spot on the active roster as late as the NFC Championship game last season and has value as a punt returner. He, along with Chuck Jacobs and Charly Martin, faces arduous roads ahead beginning with this latest portion of offseason training.
Winners: Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Quinton Patton, Kassim Osgood
The 49ers will once again emerge from training camp with six wide receivers (including Boldin).
Boldin and Williams will secure the starting positions, with Jenkins coming in at No. 3 by erasing the dreadful memories of 2012 and realizing his talents that the coaching staff so highly respects.
Lockette will continue developing a rapport with Kaepernick. He brings the most big-play ability out of any receiver.
Patton may a follow a similar route that Jenkins traversed last season, at least for the first several games—but minus the first-round pressure. He’ll make the team and will have ample time to develop, especially if Manningham returns sooner rather than later.
Bringing up the rear is Osgood. He makes it over Moore because of his 6’5’’ length and more impressive Pro Bowl pedigree on special teams.
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