Ted Ginn Jr.
The Carolina Panthers cut the face of the franchise, Steve Smith, and let the only other three wide receivers on the roster that caught a pass last season leave as free agents. Tight end Greg Olsen is the only proven receiver returning from last season’s squad. Olsen should be Cam Newton’s favorite target this season.
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
The heavyweight match-up between the Cardinals and 49ers might have been scheduled for 12 rounds, but it was over quickly. San Francisco raced out to the early lead and Arizona could never recover. The end result was an easy win for the 49ers, who have a bye up next and can get healthy in preparation for the stretch run.
The 49ers are been lucky enough to stay healthy so far this year and may have Ted Ginn Jr. back as early as Sunday. The Vikings on the other hands have players missing on both sides of the ball and will have to upset the 49ers and do it short handed.
The San Francisco 49ers released their injury report listing Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn Jr. as questionable. Both are still considering playing and will be a game time decision. Due to the depth at both positions though its likely that both sit out to get healthy. Kyle Williams will step in for Ginn and will have a chance to prove himself after letting his teammates down the last time he was asked to return punts.
After testing out free agency, Ted Ginn is back for another season in San Francisco and ready to take back his role as returner. He gets to play with Mario Manningham, too.
Kyle Williams fumbled the punt that ultimately ended the San Francisco 49ers’ quest for a Super Bowl berth.
The San Francisco 49ers still are in learning mode as they prepare for Sunday’s season opener, and nobody really knows what to expect from the team’s new offense, except for the offensive catalyst.