The San Francisco 49ers have been in the headlines over the past few weeks. They made headlines once again this afternoon. This time the headline was something more on the positive side of things when they announced that they have agreed to a one year deal with wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
Lloyd is a former 49ers fourth round draft pick. He was not in the NFL last year but this will be a solid addition to the receiver unit. He had a monster year in 2010 when he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448yds). The next two years were not as productive but he did get close to his second 1,000 yard receiving season in 2012 when he had 911 yards playing for the New England Patriots. Don’t expect him to approach the 1,000 yard receiving plateau this year either.
This addition is one that will give the 49ers a player that may be able to rekindle his down field ability due to the big arm and deep ball accuracy that Colin Kaepernick has. Lloyd has taken the bulk of his reps on the outside so he may get some opportunities when the 49esr move Anquan Boldin or Michael Crabtree inside to play the slot position.
The 49ers receiver group will be headlined by Boldin and Crabtree but Quinton Patton is a potential breakout player after a full year in the system. As we know, Patton has been working out with Kaepernick in Miami. Jonathan Baldwin is also on the roster for now. It would be safe to say that Lloyd and Baldwin will be involved in somewhat of a roster spot competition during training camp. Kasim Osgood is on the roster as a wide receiver but his value is on special teams.
There is still reason to believe that the 49ers are very likely to select a receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft. There are numerous options such as Brandin Cooks, Jarvis Landry, Josh Huff, Odell Beckham Jr. and more. It will be interesting watching the competition at the wide receiver position. Brandon Lloyd gives them another veteran to have in the mix.