Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Originally posted by Butter:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
I think the biggest need at WR is a guy that would be a great RZ target. We dont need to stretch the field, we dont need speed, we dont need YAC, the most glaring need is a RZ target.
We can drive down the field in so many ways that it takes pressure off of one player/position to be a stud, although we do have some studs. But the thing we lack the most is that RZ target. We get that taken care of and the offence will be 100% more effective.
We need to draft a couple WR's more than likely, and atleast one of them should be a player that offers that RZ presence. I also think we need a second TE to add that pressence as well.
I 100% agree that the Niners need to improve their RZ efficiency. But, if they did get a true deep speed threat, they could score without getting into the RZ. I know that I've been down on drafting a WR early, but if they can get a tall, speed WR in the 2nd or 3rd that can run a go route, and streak into the EZ, that would really help a lot. Kaep has a big arm. They need someone who can run past defenses like Jacoby Jones did in the SB.
Also, as a RZ target, I really like the TE Joseph Fauria from UCLA. He's not fast (4.82 forty), and he's not a great blocker, but he had 12 TDs last year. He's great on 3rd down and in the RZ.
We already can score from anywhere on the field though. VD is a great deep threat, Crabtree had great YAC this season, and Kaep is a threat to hit a home run with his legs from anywhere on the field. Also williams will be healthy, and before his injury was looking like he might have had chemistry with Kaep in the slot, LMJ and Hunter are scary in open space, and gore simply gets it done by getting whatever he can each and every carry. Jenkins is orrisome, but if e can be what we drafted him for than he should be able to stretch the field as well.
Where we struggled was in RZ passing. We are great and very efficient at running the football in the RZ, passing not so much. Neither crabtree nor VD have been proven to be reliable targets in the RZ.
Im not disagreeing that it would be nice to have a WR that can stretch the field and be a reliable RZ target. Just saying that the stretch the field aspect is less of a factor than the RZ target issue. The single biggest need on offense right now is effective RZ receiving targets.
Agree with most of what both of you are saying! A RZ receiver needs to be strong enough to take the route and not be knocked off. Height can be important but strength and quickness off the line are more important. Our receivers are all fast enough to stretch the field, but wouldn't it be fantastic to get a RZ receiver who can run like a deer?
I'm delighted the receivers are working out with CK because that seemed to be one issue last year...they were not getting strong enough or durable enough. But, much of my complaint from last year had much to do with receivers not being reliable after two were injured...no fourth receiver to step in. Jenkins was not ready and Ginn was never an answer.
My hopes for receivers next year would be:
1) Another RZ guy who can hold his own against big DBs (Seattle)
2) Jenkins becomes the threat they believe he can be.
3) They all work out and become more physically imposing.
4) They avoid the devastating injuries that hindered the team in the post season two seasons in a row.
5) Someone to step up as second and third receivers.