49ers receiving corps needs help: Can Marquise Goodwin’s return open things up?

SANTA CLARA — Scrolling through the NFL reception leaders in search of a 49ers player is enough to get a repetitive strain injury. Click down past the top 10 … past the top 20 … past the three Los Angeles Rams … and aha!

There’s tight end George Kittle, tied at No. 42 (with 23 catches). For an actual 49ers wideout you have to keep drilling all the way down to No. 83, Pierre Garcon (16 catches).

This wasn’t the way it was supposed be, obviously, and hardly the recipe for a team preparing to duel the high-scoring Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on “Monday Night Football.”

Worse? Three key 49ers receivers sat out practice Thursday: Garcon (shoulder / knee), rookie Dante Pettis (knee) and Trent Taylor (back).

How in the world will this injury-ravaged receiving corps keep pace against Aaron Rodgers?

“It stinks,” quarterback C.J. Beathard said when asked about the 49ers’ short-handed practice, “but at the same time, you take it as a positive. The guys that are getting the reps today will definitely get better from it.”

Beathard cited extra practice time for Richie James Jr. and Victor Bolden Jr. as an opportunity for those receivers to “get those reps and really get better chemistry with me and the team.”

San Francisco 49ers’ Pierre Garcon (15) is tackled after a catch by Detroit Lions’ Darius Slay (23) in the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

But the 49ers’ best hope of perking up comes from the expected return of Marquise Goodwin. The proven deep threat took a hard hit to the thigh in Week 1, struggled for the rest of the month and sat out last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But before practice Thursday, Coach Kyle …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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