The San Francisco 49ers passing attack could explode next season, especially since we learned that star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is now playing on a pay-as-you-go contract, played through a rather nasty foot injury last season. Kaep has a huge amount of weapons around him, as the top trio of Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis will be healthy heading into the season, and he now has much more depth behind those guys. Stevie Johnson was a big trade acquisition, Brandon Lloyd is reportedly doing a good job of fitting in with his new surroundings, and rookie Bruce Ellington is a well-rounded wideout who can be a dynamic YAC guy out of the slot. Plus, second-year pro Quinton Patton is a nice developmental guy, though he’s still a year away from making noise due to the crowded nature of the 49ers WRs corps.
According to the San Jose Mercury News’s Cam Inman, Stevie Johnson stated that his new team will field a “pretty dynamic” offensive attack, and he noted that the 49ers are mixing and matching the wideouts behind Crabtree and Boldin in a rotational manner. That means we should see a clear committee behind the two starters, and both Ellington and Johnson have plenty of slot experience.
Johnson consistently caught 70 passes for the Buffalo Bills as their top target before suffering nagging injuries last season, and he has a golden opportunity to put up solid rate stats with a better QB. He’s no longer the focal point of the offense, but as he stated before he left the Bills, he cares more about winning than stats at this point in his career; playing for the 49ers is definitely conducive to winning.