49ers training camp receiving stats

Here are my unofficial receiving stats through the first 11 training camp practices for those of you who are interested and those of you who are not interested. These stats come from the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills.

Anquan Boldin: 43 catches/52 targets/1 drop
Quinton Patton: 37 catches/45 targets/3 drops (10 practices)
David Reed: 32 catches/42 targets/1 drop
Vance McDonald: 30 catches/48 targets/15 drops
Chuck Jacobs: 28 catches/38 targets/3 drops
Vernon Davis: 25 catches/32 targets/1 drop (10 practices)
Bruce Ellington: 25 catches/30 targets/1 drop (7 practices)
Jewel Hampton: 22 catches/28 targets/3 drops
Stevie Johnson: 20 catches/39 targets/7 drops
Devon Wylie: 20 catches/31 targets/3 drops
Carlos Hyde: 18 catches/23 targets/5 drops
Derek Carrier: 18 catches/21 targets/1 drop
Michael Crabtree: 17 catches/26 targets/3 drops (5 practices)
Kassim Osgood: 16 catches/22 targets/1 drop
Brandon Lloyd: 11 catches/18 targets/1 drop (5 practices)
Bruce Miller: 11 catches/13 targets/1 drop

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  1. Thanks Grant. Count me among the interested. If you have the data, I’d also be interested in drops…?

    Btw, you left off Vance McDonald.

        1. Hey Grant, can you give us 9er fans an updated list of the roster players with their correct jersey numbers so we can identify them on the field a little better. Thanks,


  2. Thanks for the list Grant. I’d be interested to see how you think the final WR depth chart will look like and why you have them at each spot.

  3. Wow, 15 drops is amazing when you consider that; it’s more then twice as high as the next highest and more shockingly if you remove his 15 drops the average is only 2.2 drops among the rest of the receivers.

    Big problem.

    1. Yep. They are targeting him a lot, so they clearly want him to be part of the passing offense, but a drop rate like that would encourage any QB to start looking elsewhere when the real bullets are flying.

    2. CFC,

      Another way to look at VMcD’s drops: if you take away his 15 drops, he’s catching everything thrown his way.

  4. Nice stats, Grant. 15 drops is tough to swallow. From what I’ve heard (seen once as well), he’s improved each day. It’s a small sample, but it’s interesting to see Crab with three drops as well. And look at Anquan go! Can’t wait to see him enshrined one day…

  5. It’s becoming apparent that McDonald has stone hands. What is even more disturbing is the seven (7) drops by Stevie Johnson. He has always had suspect hands and we don’t need a WR we will rely upon to be dropping the ball. Stevie is Boldin’s backup and hopefully won’t be seeing the field that often. Just makes Brandon Lloyd’s presence that more important. Crabtree and Lloyd’s low stats figures are partially due to their taking the past week or so off.

    1. You cannot automatically label a player as stone hands. Years ago, Baylor had a WR, Bruce Davis, who was teamed up with Gerald McNeil. They went on to play in the USFL and then the Cleveland Browns for Davis. People for years said that Davis had bad hands and could not catch. One day a coach with a different team was working with Davis and noticed that he had a wandering (lazy) eye, and encouraged Davis to see an eye doctor for diagnosis and some exercises to strengthen the eye muscles. Davis went to the doctor who prescribed the exercises, and, guess what, it worked. Davis now could catch because his eyes could track the ball and did not wander. Unfortunately, Davis got married in that off-season, and his wife definitely could cook. As a result, the little speedster gained a bit too much weight, no longer could run as fast and ended up getting cut. However, at least his eyes were fixed.

  6. You could replace the ball with a live, angry chicken and make Boldin wear oven mitts and he still wouldn’t have 15 drops in 48 targets.

    McDonald had more than 100 receptions in his final three years at Rice. Grant, do you have any theories as to why he has developed Don Baylor-like hands in the pros?

  7. It would be great to see these broken down between the 7v7 and 11v11. Although 7’s are a great tool hard tool, tough to get a realistic look because drops and zones are impacted by zero threat of any run responsibilities.

  8. You could replace the ball with a live, angry chicken and make Boldin wear oven mitts …

    Funny you should bring that up. Apparently, the Green Bay Packers have asked the league for those exact rule changes to be put in place for the next 49ers-Packers game. They also have asked for the referees to tie Kaepernick’s shoelaces together after the coin flip.

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