When the San Francisco 49ers decided to bring back WR Brandon Lloyd that gave the Forever Faithful hope that their deep field issues were solved. A player that has a strong history of stretching the field between the 20’s, Lloyd instantly upgraded the 49ers wide receivers unit with experience, production, and high football IQ. However, with the 49ers acquiring WR Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills, where does that leave Lloyd on the depth chart?
The 49ers already have entrenched starters in WR Michael Crabtree and WR Anquan Boldin. And with WR Stevie Johnson and WR Quinton Patton fighting for the No. 3 spot with fourth-round pick WR Bruce Ellington breathing down their necks, that doesn’t leave much room for Lloyd. In addition, the 49ers already re-signed special-teams ace WR Kassim Osgood this off-season, so that’s six wide receivers on a 53-man roster, likely signaling the end for Lloyd.
However, Lloyd is not the only player on the chopping block as developmental project WR Jonathan Baldwin will also be released. Two players that will be given every chance to win a job, it’s highly unlikely they will, as the above players were either recently drafted, acquired, or re-signed while solidifying their spots on the team. Sure, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh loves to breed competition which is why they brought back Lloyd, but let’s be honest, the Lloyd signing was much more appealing before the 49ers acquired Johnson. And with the 49ers tying up six spots at the wide receiver position, keeping Lloyd on a 53-man roster just isn’t realistic.