As I was looking through news of a possible Mario Manningham return this Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, I was shocked to see some numbers.
While it’s no secret, and I had an idea, to look at it on paper is a bit eye opening. What exactly?
Just how bad 49ers receivers have been in 2013.
Anquan Boldin is having a very good year for the 49ers, considering the fact that he is the only real receiver they have at the moment. After catching 13 passes for 208-yards against the Green Bay Packers on opening day, defenses have keyed on the physical receiver and he has been somewhat limited.
Still, he leads the team with 34 catches and 495 yards. Second to Boldin is tight end Vernon Davis with 26 catches and 466 yards. Ok, no shocker there.
But here is where it gets interesting, or disgusting depending on how you look at it.
Kyle Williams is the next best receiver with 10 catches for 101 yards. After that? Jon Baldwin with 3 catches for 28 yards and Marlon Moore with 1 catch for 6 yards.
So, the next three wide receivers have a grand total of 14 catches for 135-yards, not even equaling the yardage total of Boldin’s debut with the team.
Mario Manningham should be back soon, and it appears Michael Crabtree will be back some time in November – although to what effectiveness level is to be determined. Still, any help is more than welcome for a receiving corps with those numbers.
Granted the 49ers are a run oriented team — ranking third in rushing yards per game in the NFL — but not to such an extent that their receivers should be that horrid.