Hopes to Stop WR Carousel

Sitting in front of his locker, Arnaz Battle rattled off the names: Terrell Owens, Tai Streets, Cedrick Wilson, Brandon Lloyd, Curtis Conway, Johnnie Morton.All of them have come and gone in the last three years, their departures emblematic of a receiving corps that seemingly lost its traditional prominence in the 49ers offense.

But there are signs at training camp that’s about to change, led by the continuing emergence of the underrated Battle and the addition of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Darrell Jackson, who led the Seattle Seahawks in receiving in four of his last six seasons.

Behind Battle and Jackson, a fierce competition has developed for the three or four remaining roster spots among newcomers Ashley Lelie and rookie Jason Hill and holdovers Bryan Gilmore, Taylor Jacobs, Brandon Williams and Marcus Maxwell.

“We’ve got more speed and the best skill level that we’ve ever had since I’ve been here,” said Jerry Sullivan, who joined the 49ers in 2005 as Mike Nolan’s receivers coach.

“I want to see us making more plays and getting our quarterback feeling a great deal of confidence in our skill level and ability. I’d like to see our passing game jump up about 10-12 notches from where we were ranked last year.”

Full Story: Battle hopes to stop wide receiver carousel – [Contra Costa Times]

~ by O9 on August 3, 2007.

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