The San Fransisco 49ers come into the 2016 season with a group of unknown wide receivers. The consensus is the 49ers want to give the young guys a shot. This decision basically means Anquan Boldin will not be back as a 49er. This is not be a bad thing, we have seen teams win without star receivers. The San Francisco 49ers signed one wide receiver in free agency Eric Rogers (CFL) and only drafted one receiver in the NFL draft (6th round, Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State). The 49ers did add a few un-drafted free agents, Devon Cajuste (Stanford) and Bryce Treggs (California).
The 49ers don’t need superstar or star receivers, what they need is receivers that will make big plays when it matters most. The 2013 and 2014 Seattle Seahawks proved that by making it to two consecutive Super Bowls. The 2015 Carolina Panthers who was recently in the super bowl proved this point as well. Both the Seahawks (2013,2014) and Panthers (2015) wide receivers failed to reach 1,000 yards. The Seahawks did not have a single receiver who caught more than five touchdown receptions in both years. The Seahawks receivers got it done when it mattered, making big catch after big catch, regular season or playoffs. The Panthers and Seahawks formula was simple, run the ball, let the quarterback assist in the running game and make key 3rd down completions. In 2015 we seen Cam Newton take that to another level, making less than average receivers look respectable. The 49ers must learn from these teams, the fans must take a step back and realize it’s not about having big name receivers but more about having receivers that will make the big play when it matters. The average football fan should know Torrey Smith, but everyone else is considered a who. This group of 49ers receivers must play with a chip on their shoulders, they must be eager to prove everybody wrong. The success of these guys will be heavily on the quarterback, but the pressure will be less if the 49ers ground attack can be top tier again.