This page's post sum it all up. Receivers Boldin, AJ, Patton, maybe lockette, kyle, LMJ, Vernon, Vance, frank, hunter....that makes 10 and our chances of getting 8 really good ones( I forgot Mario) are excellent. crbs was basically a one man show with Vernon having many less yds last yr. Our "ball catching" corps looks light yrs ahead of last yr. Sure, crbs will be missed, but with the crew above, we are much improved. Vance may end up being used as the go to slot receiver on 3rd downs , where he is used like welker... he gets to and sits down just over the first down line. I can also see him used like boldin for 3rd down jump balls on the sideline. LMJ if used properly has the ability to be way better than reggie bush or sproles. Boldin we know can be the 3rd down guy for jump balls. But so can vance. Vernon may get doubled, but I bet after a few games, opponents will see how dangerous that is....hence I think he sees way more single coverage this yr. All AJ has to do is show us what he did at Illinois...and I believe he will. Roman better get LMJ in the slot as well as in the backfield as either a 3rd down go to guy or maybe just on every other down. If patton is as good as half his film., lookout. So far his camp is reported as good. Lockette is unknown to me, but may be way better than some think. Frank will get his catches, and hunter is a very good receiver( hope he heals well).
No matter how you slice it , we had nowhere near this kind of ball catching talent last yr. This yr it looks like we could lose half these guys to injury and still do okay
Obviously I am not forecasting that, but ball catchers getting injured has bedeviled us as of late. Not this yr. Just too much firepower. Here's the BIG question: will roman use it all? Honestly, that is the one thing I worry about more than how good are our ball catching squad. Will roman wake up and smell the daises and utilize all the talent we have?