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Leroy Vann-NCAA Career Record Holder for Return TD's Is a Niner

TED GINN.

case closed.
I don't think which one of Vann, Williams or Ginn proves to be the better PR / KR is really an issue and it will be determined on the field.

The main point for me is that the 49ers were terrible on returns last year and the 49ers now have a very high probability of going into next season with at least one talented returner on the roster.

Whomever wins the role should be a threat to take the ball back for a touchdown and should help improve both the offence and defence by improving the teams starting field position. I saw the drafting of Williams as contingency against Ginn not living up to expectations and the signing of Vann is a low risk / high reward pick up in a similar vein.

[ Edited by British9er on Apr 27, 2010 at 04:42:51 ]
Vann's highlights are electric, and I am rooting for the guy, but in reality he has very little chance of making the team imo. He is tiny and provides no potential other than PR due to his super small stature and position he plays.
Ginn as KR
Vann as PR

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yeah his 40 time is less than desirable but i think field vision and instinct has A LOT more to do with being skilled in returning punts. he's definitely got a chance...
Not going to make the 53 man roster, with the addition of Ginn. Maybe a practice squad player.
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Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Not going to make the 53 man roster, with the addition of Ginn. Maybe a practice squad player.

Yup, I think his position skills will be refined there all while keeping a backup returner on the PS should something happen to Ginn. But you know this is just another classic webzone reaction to a UDFA that they have taken a serious liking to based off of his highlight reel.
Originally posted by GoldenIowa49er:
yeah his 40 time is less than desirable but i think field vision and instinct has A LOT more to do with being skilled in returning punts. he's definitely got a chance...

I don't care about track 40 times. I certainly didn't see anyone catching him from behind. If anything, he was pulling away from virtually everybody! The guy may be a smurf, but he plays like lightning in a bottle. He's alot of fun to watch and we can't say that about anyone else we've had returning kicks.
I really don't care who we have doing it, but if we have results like he had in college, or even close to it, it's icing baby!
Originally posted by KRS-1:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Not going to make the 53 man roster, with the addition of Ginn. Maybe a practice squad player.

Yup, I think his position skills will be refined there all while keeping a backup returner on the PS should something happen to Ginn. But you know this is just another classic webzone reaction to a UDFA that they have taken a serious liking to based off of his highlight reel.

Hey now, Kory Sheets is averaging 5.0 yards per carry for the dolphins!
Certainly the plan is for Ginn to return kickoffs, and the team may try him out a bit at returning punts, but if he's often on the field at slot receiver (and the best at it by a long shot), I can't see him doing all the return duties. His history of fumbles as a PR at Miami is troubling as well, so I definitely see an opportunity for someone to fill that role. It's possible the #4 or #4 WR could fill that role, or a RB (but no RB we have on our roster today), or a DB (but we're thin enough at that position that the DC may not want to hazard an injury). If our defense plays well, a PR could touch the ball as many as 8 times a game or more, which creates lots of opportunities for field position improvement, so it's not completely daft to think Vann will have a chance to make this team as a specialist. I think the odds are against him because as I've said elsewhere it's hard to project how he might fare in the NFL vs. sketchy college special teams players, but I'd enjoy being surprised in a good way. Should be a fun preseason!
Valrod pwns all

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[ Edited by marshniners24 on Apr 28, 2010 at 19:15:48 ]
Originally posted by marshniners24:
Valrod pwns all

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Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by marshniners24:
Valrod pwns all

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this

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according to this video, he grew up a Niner fan .... i love him

Originally posted by valrod33:
Ginn as KR
Vann as PR

BOOK IT
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