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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.

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Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:34 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

This school is so OVERRATED! First round draft choices that bust=Carpenter-Dallas-bust; Hawk-Green Bay-bust and Now Ginn! NFL teams don't draft ANY Ohio State players if you want to avoid busts.
Seriously? I'm not Ohio State fan, but to say every player that comes out of there is a bust is a bit of a reach



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2010 9:27 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

Strange analysis.  How about Eddie George, Mike Vrable, Orlando Pace, Chris Spielman, Will Allen, Alonzo Spellman, Keith Byars, Pepper, Johnson, Cris Carter, Joey Galloway, Anthony Gonzalez -- not to mention Lou Groza, Tom Matte, Jim Marshall, Dick Schafrath, Paul Warfield and Jack Tatum?  And that's just off the top of my head.  Even Santonio Holmes, who may be a bum off the field, is a star on the field.  As for Ted Ginn, it's hardly his fault the Dolphins drafted him in the top 10.  He still appears to be one of the best kick return men ever.  Give me a break.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2010 7:13 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

9ers need a returner in the worst way. if they can get anything out of their return game that would be better than last year! i like the trade...



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2010 6:50 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

I don't care if he ever breaks out as a WR, really.  He's a massive improvement in the return game, there is absolutely no questioning that (the 49ers return game was absolutely pathetic last year).  That's worth the pick they surrendered.  If he contributes at WR, its a bonus.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2010 6:27 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

They said that in Miami for how many years?



Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2010 5:58 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

ted ginn is going to have a break out year, just watch

Yeah, we've been saying that for two seasons now.  Good luck...hopefully you guys play the Jets this year.



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2010 5:42 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

Wow, this guy is scared of contact and how often does a returner not get touched on their way to a touchdown?  SF and their coach have a hard-nosed mentality.  Well, we will see if they can toughen up this softie!Seriously? Watch the kick-off and punt returns that go for touchdowns. On most, the returner is barely touched at all. Returners don't bull their way through, they find open lanes. Anytime a returner gets hit hard, he goes down then, or shortly thereafter, because once you lose momentum, the pursuit buries you. Returners generally start in the clear and have to find a way through a relatively spread out defense. Runners and receivers get the ball in close proximity to the defense so need to be able to survive a hit or two. In terms of relative importance, the ability to take a hit is nice to have for a returner (but not essential), can be the difference between a mediocre and a good receiver, and is essential for a runner. In other words, you can be the top returner if you can't take contact, you can be a middle to bottom receiver (but be on the field fairly often), but you won't even get on the field as a running back if you can't take contact.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2010 5:04 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

One exception - Jets C Nick Mangold.  Guy is going to be All-Pro for years.



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2010 4:59 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

First off, yes, the 49ers are on the hook for Ginns contract.  It should run out this year or next though.  And no, Ginn is not going to get better as a receiver.  He hates contact, at OSU and with Miami.  Even after a couple of years his route running is terrible.  Yes, he can run a fly, but he has brick hands.  The Dolphins will use Davon Bess or someone else as a returner.  In addition, being a model citizen does not guarantee he can play.  And no, we didnt want Holmes either.



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2010 4:52 pm
 

49ers look at Ginn strictly as returner

Even the fans of the Dolphins hated the pick at the time.  And for the record, I didnt think Brady Quinn was the answer.  They needed offensive linemen that year as well.  That's why I applauded the pick of Jake Long the next year.  If Ginn's father wasnt buddies with Cameron, we dont pick Ginn--I hope that pick haunts Cameron the rest of his coaching career.  Let it be a warning flag if a team even considers making him a head coach.


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