65 catches, 877 yards, six touchdowns
As hot a receiver as he was in the 2012 playoffs, Boldin has not had a 1,000-yard season since 2009, when he was a 29-year-old pass-catcher for the rival Cardinals. He will carry on his productive output in red and gold, but 800-900 yards is about what he averaged in three years in Baltimore.
Will he be the top wideout for the 49ers? Yes. But Boldin is not likely to be the focal point of the air raid attack—that spot is reserved for someone else. Instead, his role as a chain-mover, tempo-setter and powering red-zone rebounder will take precedence this season.
40 catches, 575 yards, four touchdowns
The approach-by-committee continues with the fourth-year receiver from Arizona State. As the most acclimated wideout on this 2013 roster, Williams is easily one of the eminent candidates to carry the load for the group behind Boldin.
The projections for Williams are tough, seeing as how the WR corps is a mystery and he only has 461 yards in three years prior. But if Williams takes the job and runs with it, we could potentially be talking about him doubling his career yardage in the span of a season.
However, the smart money says Williams is a supplemental weapon on a team that will spread the ball around a great deal.
32 catches, 386 yards, two touchdowns
Though he is immensely talented, nagging injuries and the state of the depth chart has forever resulted in middle-of-the-road numbers for Manningham. The last two seasons, he only played in 24 games out of a possible 32. He also has not surpassed 600 yards since his career-year in 2010 with the New York Giants.
Coming off a serious season-ending knee injury (ACL, PCL), Manningham will get a late start once again and could lose out while others are proving their worth. Hopefully he springs to life by mid-to-late season, in time for the playoffs, when wins count, not stats.
28 catches, 362 yards, one touchdown
All of a sudden, Patton is looking like the third-best WR on the roster as the 49ers head into Week 1. He will likely see time early on in the season, which will allow him to get his feet wet behind the starters. In all likelihood, the rookie holds it down until the rest of the group can get healthy.
Expect him to look sharp in limited action.
9 catches, 120 yards
Apart from the average yards per catch, low numbers like these for Baldwin won’t win the fan base over. But pundits have to consider, this is a player who came in late (under unique circumstances), and has little-to-no pro success that would warrant a 50-catch season.
All in all, this is an okay start for Baldwin, who is more of a breakthrough candidate for 2014 than he is this year.
3 catches, 22 yards
The ex-Dolphin receiver and Fresno State alum manages to cling to the 49ers roster after a commendable preseason showing, but he is not by any means a staple in this offense.
Moore will dress on Sunday until the 49ers can regain players like Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree, but he will not be relied on for serious production when the games begin to count in September.
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