San Francisco 49ers: Who Will Be the Number Three Receiver?

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Bruce Ellington

Nov 2, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Bruce Ellington (10) returns a punt for a gain against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Ellington is entering his second NFL season. Ellington boasts great speed and athleticism, but he is slightly undersized for a receiver at 5’9″ and just under 200 pounds. His speed and size make him a versatile option for the 49ers’ offense though.

Adding to his versatility, he also has become the 49ers’ primary punt and kick returner. Last season, he averaged 8.2 yards on punt returns and more than 25 yards on kick returns. His ability to be a return specialist essentially makes him a lock to make the 49ers’ roster this upcoming season.

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Overall, Ellington had a fairly solid rookie season with six catches on 12 targets, 62 yards, and two touchdowns. He did battle some injuries last season though, as he missed a few weeks with an injured ankle and has dealt with some hamstring injuries, including one that he had to deal with during the 49ers’ offseason workout programs.

Ellington’s special teams abilities make him a valuable part of the 49ers’ roster, even if he doesn’t contribute as much as a wide receiver. The main focus for Ellington for the upcoming season will be to stay healthy, which will, hopefully for him, mean more playing time, not just on special teams.

Lastly, let’s take a look at a 49ers receiver who is entering a make-or-break season, Patton.

Next: Quinton Patton