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The 49ers WR corps may tip scales in their favor

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top dawg    8,673

I hate to admit it, but Stevie Johnson has a point:

 

Eyeing a corps of pass-catchers 11 deep and littered withMichael CrabtreeAnquan BoldinQuinton Patton and Brandon Lloyd -- not to mention tight end Vernon Davis -- Johnson says the 49ers have the manpower to raid opponents through the air.

"Right now, we're all ones," Johnson told the team's official website Tuesday. "The defense has gotta pick their poison, whether they're going to double-team Anquan, whether they're going to double-team Crab, Vernon, me, Q.P. is coming in -- you gotta pick your poison."

 

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Our new west coast nemesis has definitely upgraded their air power by adding Johnson (and, yes, I hate them and consider them in some ways just as much a rival as our division foes).  It could be very formidable depending upon Colin Kaepernick's development.  

 

Around here we like to talk about our defense's ability to just plain out-pressure an opposition's QB, and in theory that may work extremely well for most opponents, but will it work against the likes of the 49ers who came to our house and beat us up in the playoffs mentally, if not physically.  Like it or not, their defense was not too far away from ours from a relative statistical perspective, and the two teams play defense (and offense) with a similar philosophy.  That being said, on paper their receiving corps looks a lot better at the moment than ours.  

 

Unlike most NFL fans, for argument's sake, I am going to call the two teams' defenses a push (and I am really hoping that we are better). But even if we are a little better defensively, I can see an addition like Stevie Johnson---not to mention the crafty and productive Brandon Lloyd---as tipping the scales in the 49ers favor.  I know it may be too early to be thinking about such things, but this leaves a bad taste in my mouth, about as bad as the taste that I had watching my team pretty much get beat down (in stages) last January at Bank of America Stadium.  

 

When healthy, the 49ers could very well have "all ones". I hate it, but it's probably going to come down to hoping that our defense can break them down to halves by breaking Kap in half, and whether Cam and company can do just enough to win.

 

Our WRs will have to step up to the plate come playoff time.  Benjamin will be a legitimate threat, no doubt, but someone else is going to have to step up in a big way to match what the 49ers have (on paper and in theory anyway). 

 

 

 

 

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Khaki Lackey    5,041

We could end up being the Seattle to their Denver. Or the Seattle to their 49ers for that matter.

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jtnc    3,667

Colin has an offensive line, a competent offensive coordinator, and great receivers. Must be nice.

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KillaCamNewton    1,731

They could have aj green and brandon marshall too. Doesnt change the fact that they still have kaepernick throwing to them

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Don137    201

Stevie Johnson is a great receiver but notorious for drops at critical times. The Niners are stacked. I think the addition of Carlos Hyde is greater than Johnson. Gore tends to wear down later in the season and is old in RB years. The addition of Hyde will help their running game tremendously.

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Cary Kollins    17,881

Their defense will more than likely drop off from last season.

 

That said, sure their WR corp looks better than last year but games are not won on paper.

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Khaki Lackey    5,041

If Turner and Amini can open up our run game, we might keep a lot of high powered offenses on the sidelines.

I still think our offense is going to surprise people this coming season. Power run with some big end zone targets. The Panthers are going to be an efficient scoring, clock eating machine.

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top dawg    8,673

Look, I like the "they need a QB" theme as well, but let's be real. They came down to Charlotte and beat our asses as they were---Kap included. And, I don't know why their defense would drop off unless I am missing something.  Our receivers will have to step up.

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