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Ted Ginn's father: 49ers don't use him, needs to find a new home

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Since he was taken with the Dolphins first-round pick in 2007 (ninth overall), receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has been less than relevant on offense. Actually, that's not exactly right. He did average 42.7 catches per season his first three years with Miami.

It's only been since he signed with the 49ers that he's become a ghost on offense. That's got to be the reason Ginn's father, Ted Ginn Sr., told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the 49ers “don't use him. He has to find a home.”

Well, San Francisco does use Ginn, but mostly on kickoff returns.

In his past three seasons with the 49ers, he's recorded 33 combined catches (including just two in 2012), and he's spent most of his time as a returner. Despite injuries to receivers Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham, Ginn clearly was an afterthought in offensive coordinator Greg Roman's offense this season.

So, don't be surprised if Ginn, who will become a free agent this offseason, finds another home for 2013. Especially since he wants to play more receiver, as he made evident before the year began.

"I want to be known as a receiver, not a specialist guy, not a punt returner, kickoff returner," Ginn said in March. "I want to be known as an actual receiver … I'm six years in now. I just want to be able to just be a receiver, and special teams is given."

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