Staggering difference for 49ers' receivers

September, 10, 2012
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Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams, Brett Swain and Joe Hastings were the San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers when the team left off last season.



Crabtree notoriously accounted for the lone catch, a 3-yarder, from a 49ers wide receiver during an NFC Championship Game defeat to the New York Giants.

Restocking the position during the offseason paid off for the 49ers during their 30-22 victory over Green Bay at Lambeau Field in Week 1.

The chart illustrates the difference.

Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham caught 15 of the 16 passes Alex Smith threw their way. Rookie first-round choice A.J. Jenkins was active, but he did not factor.

The 152 yards from San Francisco wide receivers accounted for 72 percent of Smith's total for the game. He averaged 9.5 yards per attempt on those throws, completing 15 of 16. Smith's passes to receivers accounted for 50.8 percent of his yards over the previous two seasons. He averaged 7.7 yards per attempt on those throws.

From ESPN Stats & Information: Moss caught his 154th career receiving touchdown, moving ahead of Terrell Owens for the second-most in NFL history.

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