NFC West: Muhsin Muhammad

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

ESPN The Magazine enlisted Larry Fitzgerald to help find a cure for the Super Bowl hangover. The full piece is available to Insider subscribers.

Fitzgerald calls Hines Ward, Muhsin Muhammad and Richard Seymour. All three played for teams that missed the postseason after a Super Bowl appearance.

Fitzgerald: Seems like part of the curse is injuries, so I ask 'Moose' if the short off-season has any impact. 'I don't think so,' he says. 'We lost Steve Smith in Week 1 because somebody fell on his leg. Last year, somebody fell on Tom Brady's knee. Those injuries aren't about conditioning. Call it a jinx.' Well, that's the last thing I need. I'm on the cover of Madden, and we know how that goes.

Might Fitzgerald be jinxing the jinx by acknowledging it publicly?

Five Oldest Active NFL Receivers Team Age 2008 Receptions
Joey Galloway
Patriots 37 13
Isaac Bruce
49ers 36 61
Bobby Engram
Chiefs 36 47
Muhsin Muhammad
Panthers 35 65
Terrell Owens
Bills 35 6

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Isaac Bruce is coming back to the 49ers. He was never going to leave, necessarily, but he was thinking about it.

The 49ers are better with Bruce, no question. Their current receivers now include: Bruce, Josh Morgan, Brandon Jones, Jason Hill, Arnaz Battle, Dominique Zeigler and Mark Bradford.

Bruce is the only 49ers receiver in his 30s. Battle is next at 29. The others are between 23 and 26. This is a mostly young group, in other words.

Five Oldest Active NFL Receivers Team Age 2008 Receptions
Joey Galloway
Patriots 37 13
Isaac Bruce
49ers 36 61
Bobby Engram
Chiefs 36 47
Muhsin Muhammad
Panthers 35 65
Terrell Owens
Bills 35 69

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

With 49ers receiver Isaac Bruce apparently mulling whether to continue his career, I peered into my roster database for a look at the oldest receivers in the league.

Bruce, 36, ranked second behind 37-year-old Joey Galloway. Four of the five oldest receivers employed by NFL teams spent at least part of their careers with current NFC West teams. Muhsin Muhammad was the exception.

Another older former NFC West receiver, 32-year-old Torry Holt, could be back in the league soon. Like the five players listed in the chart, Holt probably has enough left to help a team in a situational role and perhaps as a full-time starter.

Holt visited the Jaguars recently. He is now visiting the Titans, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Like Marvin Harrison, 36, Holt's next contract would pay him far less than he has been accustomed to earning.

Teams going deep against division

October, 11, 2008
10/11/08
11:23
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Fourteen NFL players have caught at least three passes covering 30 yards or longer. Some of their names are all too familiar to NFC West teams. The list (with number of 30-plus-yard receptions in parenthesis):

  • Lee Evans, Bills (7): Eight catches for 290 yards against Seattle, Arizona and St. Louis.
  • Greg Jennings, Packers (5): Gets his first taste of the NFC West against Seattle.
  • Isaac Bruce, 49ers (4): Four catches for 153 yards against Seattle.
  • Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (4): Caught only three passes for 31 yards vs. 49ers in lone division game, but it's early.
  • Robert Meachem, Saints (4): Two catches for 99 yards against the 49ers.
  • Laveranues Coles, Jets (3): Eight catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns against Cardinals.
  • Devery Henderson, Saints (3): One catch for 81 yards against the 49ers.
  • Domenik Hixon, Giants (3): Seven catches for 162 yards against Seahawks and Rams.
  • Calvin Johnson, Lions (3): Strangely quiet against 49ers.
  • Brandon Marshall, Broncos (3): Impressive despite no games against NFC West.
  • Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers (3): No NFC West games, but Cardinals await in Week 8.
  • Terrell Owens, Cowboys (3): Gets first taste of division against Cardinals.
  • Reggie Wayne, Colts (3): No games against NFC West teams this season.
  • Roddy White, Falcons (3): Must wait until regular-season finale against Rams for only taste of NFC West this season.
Henderson's stat line for New Orleans against the 49ers stands out to me. One catch for 81 yards. His teammate, Meachem, had catches of 52 and 47 yards in the same game.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Insider