Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
49ers WR Stevie Johnson (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington played the 4th- and 5th-most snaps in Week 14, so they should see the biggest bump in playing time. Brandon Lloyd was a healthy inactive against Oakland.
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3:02pm
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:54am
Stevie Johnson saw just five snaps on offense in the entire game but still managed to catch a touchdown pass.
Rookie Bruce Ellington was on the field for eight plays, which included one rush attempt for no yards and his first NFL reception for just 1 yard.
Through five games, Johnson is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 15 receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns, while Lloyd has six catches for 109 yards. It could have just been part of the plan this week, or it could be a trend that sees Lloyd get more time. Both Johnson and Lloyd would be risky plays regardless, but it's worth monitoring in deeper leagues.
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:11pm
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 1. The questionable tag is a bit worrisome, but Crabtree’s calf injury isn’t considered serious, so he should be fine for a terrific matchup against the Cowboys. This is definitely something worth monitoring throughout the weekend, however. Complicating matters, the 49ers play in the late round of games on Sunday. Stevie Johnson and/or Brandon Lloyd figure to step in if Crabtree can’t go. Anquan Boldin would be the player to start though.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:20pm
The 49ers brought back Brandon Lloyd this offseason. They also acquired Stevie Johnson and drafted Bruce Ellington. And Quinton Patton has flashed this offseason. So who is in line to be the 49ers' No. 3 receiver, behind starters Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree? The position seemed earmarked for Johnson but he did not get much run in the third preseason game. The 49ers may use this game to get a better feel on their third receiver, even if Kaepernick is long gone from the game and Blaine Gabbert and Josh Johnson are the ones throwing the ball. In any event, coach Jim Harbaugh said he felt "very good" about Stevie Johnson being on the 49ers' 53-man roster.
At no point last season did the 49ers’ aerial attack look as strong as it has during this training camp. Actually, it’s stunning to see how much better this area is than it was last season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is surely benefiting. A few examples: As a rookie, Quinton Patton was the No. 3 receiver last year. This year, he’s improved, but he might be the sixth and final receiver on the 53-man roster. Jonathan Baldwin was a frontline receiver for a spell in 2013. This year, he was cut 10 days into training camp. The additions of veterans Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd and explosive fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington to go with holdover starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin make for a pretty special group. It has showed in camp.
In his last 18 games with Michael Crabtree in the lineup, Kaepernick has averaged 20.9 FP, which equate to #3 QB numbers. In 11 games without Crabtree, he averaged 16.1 FP. He averages 2.5 more pass attempts (i.e. the 49ers throw the ball more) and his YPA jumps from 7.4 to 8.4 with his top receiver in the lineup. The addition of Stevie Johnson should help as well. We like Kaepernick in the 8th to 10th round, depending on format.
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