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49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:47 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 1:49 pm

There are reports out there that the 49ers acquired wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., from Miami, and, if so, the move makes sense for a couple of reasons: 1) The 49ers need a returner in the worst way, and 2) the Dolphins' acquisition of Brandon Marshall meant somebody was out, and Ginn is the logical guy.

Let's go back to item No. 1. The 49ers have been talking to the Dolphins for sometime about surrendering a fifth or sixth-round draft pick for Ginn, the ninth overall choice in the 2007 draft, and they wanted him not as a receiver but as a kick and punt returner. That's an area where the 49ers were woefully short last season and an area they targeted for the draft.

The 49ers were 23rd in kickoff returns and dead last in punt returns.

Ginn last year returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a 30-25 defeat of the New York Jets, the first NFL player to have two 100-yard TDs in the same game. But he also dropped too many passes and ran out of bounds to avoid contact, two reasons the 49ers don't look at him as anything other than a fourth receiver. He's a straight line guy with speed and not much else.

Hmmm, sounds like a returner, which he is what he will be in San Francisco.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2010 6:02 pm

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

How can you look at Ginn as just a return man in san francisco's offense? Their top 3 wideouts put up a total of 121 receptions, 1314 yards and 5 touchdowns. They already lost Arnaz Battle at reciever, and Isaac Bruce put up his worst year statistically of his career and is 37 years old. Ginn will come in and serve as the 4th reciever until Bruce retires and then he'll see time in the slot.While being a kick returner and running the occasional reverse. This guy may not be a top reciever but he is explosive in the open field. He caught 38 passes for 454 yards and 1 td. He has a career average of 13 yards per reception, and has never had a season below 11.9 per. Where as Morgan comes off of one in 2009. I'm not saying he won't contribute on special teams just saying he shouldn't be ruled out as a weapon on offense.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2010 5:21 pm

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

Niner fans you're getting suckered by one game against the Jets he was average the rest of the time. He drops passes he didn't return punts for a reason and oh yeah Sparano and Parcells are such softies please. Oh and Pennington stinks? Henne can throw downfield which is why they got Marshall and got rid of Ginn. What Alex Smith will be a huge step up? Come on seriously. The guy will not be a top WR as pointed out in the article and will not do that great returning kicks either. I think getting a 5th for him the same that the Ravens got for Bouldin is a steal alone. Ginn not only dropped passes he could't even handle reverses that well. I wanted him to be great pick but he turned out to be anything but. Dolphins made a great trade here and could use that 5th rounder to get a return guy I mean seriously this was just a great move by Parcells.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2010 3:02 pm

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

"You know what you're getting in Ginn?" You do realize he is just entering year 4 riight? I actually don't think he will be a pro bowl receiver but you most certainly don't have this guy figured out yet. He still has a tremendous upside and it's not like he had a great Qb while he was in Miami. They run a gimmick offense and ran it with Pennington who can't throw downfield and also with Henne. This kid will join the 49ers without having to be a #1 or even a #2. He was brough tin to return kicks anything they get from him as a WR is just a bonus. I would have given up a 5th round pick for him in a heartbeat. Now maybe the Niners can stop the talk of drafting Spiller just so he can return kicks and occasionally get a carry. This is actually the first time the Niners have addressed a glaring need this offseason. Go Niners!!!!

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2010 3:01 pm

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

I'm not a Ohio State fan, but you're dead wrong saying Hawk is a bust.  Did you mean Beast?

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2010 9:52 am

I hope Ginn for the best

Ginn is a great person we "drafted his family" mind you,lol.Even though he made want to pull my hair out I still rooted for him but this past season I couldn't take it no more.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2010 3:12 am

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

Glad too see them pick him up. 49ers needed a return guy and they got what they needed. Good pick for them. Now they should pick up Gerheart with the 17 pic and put him at the FB pistion. Mike wants a power game and with TG he would get what he wants, as well as Gore getting a Rathman like back.

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:26 am

Tons of potential...

So the guy has tons of potential, has bad hands, shys away from contact, freakishly fast, and was a top 10 pick.  Goes that sound like any player you know???? Vernon Davis had all of that and just needed good coaching and look at what he has become.  I'm not saying that Ginn will be the star that Vernon is, but I really think if he works at his game then this trade is a steal for the Niners.  Niners needed a KR/PR and got a great one in Ginn.  Great trade for Baalke and the Niners! 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:34 pm

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

As a Miami fan, I also applaud the 49ers for making this move.  We've been waiting every season for Ted Ginn Jr. to be the type of receiver he was hyped as, but it never came true.  For the Dolphins, he was a mediocre return man.  I disagree with the mentality that you don't have to be able to take a hit (or two) as a return guy.  How many return guys lose their jobs after making poor decisions or simply coughing up the football after being hit? 
In San Fran, Ginn would have Crabtree to take some of the coverage heat off him, instead of having to be THE man, and they still aren't looking at him as a starting WR.  Interesting move, and no, I don't believe for a minute that Mike Singletary "getting in his face" is going to change Ted Ginn's mentality on the football field.
Ginn is a good kid, so maybe he will prove to be more valuable in SF than he was in Miami, but I wouldn't bet anything on it.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:44 pm

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

Sorry 49ers fans... Ginn has NOT been a great return man.  Maybe he has more upside than other guys you have, but it's much more than the "not wanting contact" issue.

Go check his numbers.  Notice the lack of PR's??? 
It's because he couldn't even get on the field as a PR.  He made so many miscues: couldn't track the ball, running backwards, fielding inside the 10, etc. etc. that the coaching staff didn't even trust him to do that.

Yes he had one great game (which I was thankful for) in a 3 year span, but take that Jets game away and what do you have.  Around a 20 yd. KR avg.  Far from spectacular.  It's not simply not wanting contact, but a lack of all football IQ.  He does not read where the hole is, does not make instinctive moves - and I repeat he was not a "great" returner for Miami.  The threat was always there - but that only came to fruition in one game......the rest of the time?  He was as good a returner as a WR. 

Maybe things will change, but at this point I would not bet on it.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:35 pm

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

I have been a Niner fan since 1978 and I LOVE this move. It is a great move. A 5th round pick for a 4.3 guy who at worse will improve our field position each drive by 5-10 yards over last year. If he catches 25 passes for 3-5 TDS it will be a bonus. Instead of drafting Spiller we now draft Joe Haden at Corner and or Clausen or even package them and move up to get one of the stud DT or OT. GREAT MOVE GUYS! 

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