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Braylon Edwards is battling injuries
The San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers have a lot of room for improvement. This unit consists of Michael Crabtree, Braylon Edwards, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams. Josh Morgan was lost for the season with a broken leg.
Crabtree has been playing well of late and has shown strong signs of progress in his relationship with quarterback Alex Smith. Against the Ravens, Crabtree caught six passes for 54 yards.
Edwards is clearly not healthy. He was slowed early this year by a knee injury that required surgery. Following his return, Edwards injured a shoulder and has been ineffective. He is having trouble getting open, because he simply can't run and cut the way he is used to.
Edwards should be given a week or two off. Let him heal up and hopefully he can become a factor in the playoffs.
Ginn had a long touchdown pass against the Ravens called back due to a very questionable penalty call. He had two catches for 21 yards. As is his norm, he also dropped a pass, which should have been a completion. Ginn drops more passes than any 49er receiver I can ever remember. He also does not like to go over the middle and does not catch the ball in traffic. He is a fine return man, but a poor wide receiver.
Two weeks ago, against the Cardinals, Williams looked like he was emerging. However, against the Ravens, Williams totally disappeared. He was unable to get open and did not have any receptions. On one ball thrown his way, Williams looked as though he was afraid to get hit and did not make a strong effort to catch it. He regressed with a very poor game against the Ravens.
The 49ers need more production from their wide receivers. Their inconsistency is worrisome and this group simply needs to play better if the 49ers hope to advance in the playoffs.