by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The San Francisco 49ers are clearly searching for a wide receiver to start opposite Anquan Boldin and it appears Marlon Moore could get the first opportunity. He’s started each of the first three preseason games, posting the following numbers:
- Game 1 – 1 reception for 12 yards (1 target)
- Game 2 – 0 receptions (0 targets)
- Game 3 – 3 receptions for 32 yards (7 targets)
Clearly, the numbers haven’t been overly impressive, though the 49ers haven’t played their starters excessively this preseason. In fact, in the first two preseason games he played a grand total of 12 snaps according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article).
Obviously, whenever you have Colin Kaepernick throwing you the football you have the potential to produce. Just ask Michael Crabtree, who finally posted impressive numbers after Kaepernick was inserted over Alex Smith last season.
Moore spent the first three years of his career with the Dolphins, totaling 12 receptions for 244 yards and 2 TD over 23 games. It’s amazing to consider his ascent, since he went undrafted back in 2010 and failed to make an impact for a Miami team that was arguably more desperate for wide receivers than the 49ers.
The 49ers other options are Kyle Williams, Jonathan Baldwin and Quintin Patton, among others, so the opportunity should be there. Just because Moore is starting, at least at the outset, doesn’t mean that he is going to be able to excel over the course of an entire season. According to Branch:
“Of course, he has done more than just say the right things this summer. He has learned all three wide receiver positions, and his performances in practices have earned him starts alongside Anquan Boldin in the first two preseason games. Moore figures to share snaps with Kyle Williams as the No. 2 wideout to start the regular season, but fans haven’t been able to see much of him so far.”
With the potential to lose snaps to the various other options the 49ers have, while also clearly being behind Boldin, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore on the offensive depth chart, it’s hard to imagine Moore making much of an impact. Could he have a big week or two? It’s possible, but counting on him seems nearly impossible.
Put him on your radar, just in case, but he’s not worth drafting outside of the absolute deepest of formats.
Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings: