In honor of the 49ers' return to the Superdome, name the five wide receivers on their Super Bowl XLVII roster in February. Tick, tick, tick ... Hint: None are on the current roster as the pass-deficient 49ers (6-3) venture into New Orleans on Sunday to face the pass-happy Saints (7-2). Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Ted Ginn Jr., A.J. Jenkins and Chad Hall were the five on the 49ers' Super Bowl roster, although Ginn and Jenkins each played only three snaps and Hall was inactive in the 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Since then, the 49ers receiving corps has been a turbulent mess, reflected by the team's league-worst average of 174 passing yards per game. The 49ers enter the Superdome this time with only four healthy wideouts: Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, Jon Baldwin and Kassim Osgood. Rookie Quinton Patton (foot) will miss a sixth straight game, and Crabtree (Achilles) remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list. But the 49ers still have proficient rusher Frank Gore, the same linemen and, of course, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who won his first career road start last season at the Superdome in 31-21 fashion. Kaepernick is coming off his worst-career outing in terms of passing yards (91) and sacks (six). He was in no mood last week to compare last season's highs with this season's lows. "I don't think you can really compare it," Kaepernick said. "There's different components this year and last year, so it's comparing apples and oranges." A major missing component has been Crabtree, Kaepernick's favorite target and last season's leading receiver. Once Crabtree tore his right Achilles in May, the 49ers tried filling that void with Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore, but both failed to produce and have been released, with Williams exiting Tuesday. "Every team probably has their own set of circumstances, and you need to deal with them and make it work," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said of the wideout shuffle. "Certainly you lose continuity, but that's our job to get continuity and get it done." Manningham, who made his season debut last Sunday, was part of last season's win at New Orleans. He had a team-high five catches for 69 yards. Manningham caught a 40-yard pass to spark the 49ers' first touchdown drive, capped by a 7-yard scoring run from Kaepernick. But that game wasn't exactly won by the 49ers offense or Kaepernick, who did have 231 passing yards (one touchdown, one interception) and 27 rushing yards (one touchdown).
49ers' receiving corps a turbulent mess
San Jose Mercury News | Nov 17