Niners Cuts 2013: Austin Collie Release Shows Sneaky WR Depth for 49ers
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee first broke the news that Collie would be released:
A proven player who had a few big seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Collie will be an intriguing player for other teams as the NFL's regular season approaches.
Source: 49ers have told WR Austin Collie that they will release him.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 31, 2013
So why did the 49ers let him go?
Some will point to his injury history, but that's not the real issue.
Collie suffered a string of concussions and then missed most of last season after a patellar tendon injury, but he looked good running in preseason games with the second and third-stringers.
The reason that the 49ers let him go is simple: The team is actually loaded with talent at the receiver position, despite the fact that many analysts thought it was a position of weakness entering the season.
Marlon Moore is highly underrated. Though he only has 12 career receptions in his three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, he looked good in limited action this preseason. Blessed with good long speed, he has also displayed some toughness and, better yet, a strong desire to catch the ball in traffic.
Baldwin will take some time to acclimate to the team's playbook, but he looked solid in limited action this preseason. The biggest knock on him coming out of Kansas City was his propensity to drop passes, but he did a nice job of plucking the ball out of the air with his hands in two games with the 49ers.
While recovering from his ACL injury, Kyle Williams has been sort of forgotten by many in the national media. Before his injury last year, he was an explosive receiver who averaged 15.1 yards per reception.
So, after dropping Collie, the 49ers have five receivers on the roster as of Saturday evening.
But receivers aren't the only receiving threats on San Francisco's roster.
How would you grade the 49ers receiving corps?
The 49ers have accumulated a sneaky good receiving corps for the 2013 season.
Combined with Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and the absolute best offensive line in the NFL, this offense will be tough to stop this year.
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