Ted Ginn Jr. is a Special Teams Only Player: 49ers in Trouble if He's a Receiver

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IApril 16, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Ted Ginn Jr. #19 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers brought in first round bust Ted Ginn, Jr. as the answer to their special teams woes. Ginn will definitely help out in the return game, his speed and numbers prove that. 

I've seen comments on another article about Ginn coming to San Francisco to battle for the number two receiver position. That's not going to happen, Ginn doesn't have the ability as a receiver to even remotely become a number two option. 

There's a reason why Ginn has been a major bust up to this point in his career. No team in their right mind drafts a player in the first round, especially at number nine, to be a return man in the NFL

Ginn will be a special teams player from now on. He'll be used as a punt returner and kick returner for the 49ers. Do not expect to see him anywhere near the field as a wide receiver unless there's an injury, or a situation where the 49ers need four wide receivers. Even then, it would be a stretch to see Ginn on the field. 

For the 49ers here's the depth of wide receiver they have right now:

1. Michael Crabtree

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2. Josh Morgan

3. Brandon Jones

4. Jason Hill

5. Dominique Zeigler

6. Ted Ginn, Jr. 

I don't see Ginn pushing his way up the depth chart over any of those four receivers. Possibly Zeigler, but with Zeigler's height advantage over Ginn, don't count on it. 

In three seasons, Hill hasn't seen a lot of action for the 49ers, but he has nearly as many touchdowns. He has four to Ginn's five in three years, and Hill hasn't appeared in nearly as many games as Ginn. 

In his first year, Jones didn't really put his mark with the 49ers while battling injuries. He only had one catch, but I suspect that Jones will comeback healthy and be the third receiver for the 49ers. 

Morgan has been up and down, but with Crabtree in the lineup and Vernon Davis opening up the passing game, look for Morgan to become a big factor in the offense as well.

Zeigler only saw eight games so far in his career that was back in his rookie year in 2008. He was signed to the practice squad for the 49ers, but he also injured himself in the last preseason game of 2009. 

That is why 49ers fans should be resigned to the fact that Ginn Jr.'s best position on the team is being a return man. I for one do not expect to see him lined up as wide receiver anytime soon as a 49er, and thankfully so, because he doesn't bring anything to the table as a receiver.