The competition at wide receiver has not gone the way the 49ers had hoped. With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham currently on the physically unable to perform list, no other wide out has stepped up to start opposite Anquan Boldin. A.J. Jenkins, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, and Ricardo Lockette are all battling injuries of some kind. The 49ers are in need of some reinforcements.
Help has come in the form of Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins who were signed to one-year deals. Because of the current situation, both Collie and Hawkins have an excellent opportunity to make the team and see significant playing time.
When healthy, Collie was a prolific player with Peyton Manning and the Colts. He had 172 receptions for 1839 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 games from 2009-2011. He missed all but one game in 2012 due to injuries. Collie has recovered from the torn patellar tendon that cost him last year. He has also had issues with concussions throughout his career but has passed all of the neurological tests he needed to in order to play.
Hawkins spent five seasons with the Titans and caught 71 passes for 771 yards during that time. He also has experience returning kickoffs. He signed a two-year deal with the Patriots this offseason but was released in May.
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