Golden Nuggets: 49ers Get Healthy; Prepare for Cam Newton and Ted Ginn?!?!

Stephen Dunn

Thursday, November 7, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Why on Earth is Ted Ginn's name on the headline you may ask. Well, aside from him having played for the 49ers for a few years, he was one of the interviews today and there are a ton of stories about him. In case you haven't noticed, he's having a solid year as a pass catcher. We never threw him the ball…really didn't try to get him involved. Whenever he was involved it rarely worked out. I'm not laying blame anywhere. That's just the way it was. It's nice to see him succeed, even if he ran himself out of town with his mouth.

As for the other stories, well, it's basically one story and you already know it. Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham are practicing. Mario looks as though he'll be playing this Sunday against Carolina. Crabtree is still a ways away. Get excited!

Links!!!

Returning 49ers

Coach Harbaugh is saying what he always says…returning players will have to win their spots and everyone will have to earn their place. Competition! What else would you expect from him? | Harbaugh says players will have to "state a case" to play as the 49ers get healthy (BASG)

Wide receiver being the position of greatest need means that these two guys are going to be scrutinized harder than anyone. They've got leeway, coming back from injury. I have a feeling that if for someone reason, the passing game remains less-than-perfect, 49ers fans are going to freak out! | Crabtree, Manningham practicing together again after ‘storm of ups and downs' (Inman)

Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta filled in admirably for Aldon Smith while he was in rehab, but there really is no replacing Aldon's production. | 49ers hope Smith helps sack numbers (ESPN)

It would appear that Eric Wright's impending debut is flying under the radar with all the other players getting healthy at once. I was excited by the trade during the offseason, confused by it's cancellation and Wright's placement on the NFI. I'm hoping he can eventually (next year) take over in the slot. | Wright could be Brock's next challenger for No. 3 CB spot (Branch)

C'mon Mario, get that chemistry degree out, dusted off and placed on the mantle. | Manningham Renews Chemistry with Kaepernick (49ers.com)

First reports are that Michael Crabtree looks good. | Crabtree shows quick first step before first full practice (Branch)

An interview with Crabtree is embedded in this piece. | Michael Crabtree: 'Going in Right Direction' (49ers.com)

And not to be forgotten in all of this receiver shuffling is that Quinton Patton removed his walking boot today. That's a step in the right direction. | Quinton Patton making progress (ESPN)

49ers not taking second-half upgrades for granted (Maiocco)

49ers getting major reinforcements (ESPN)

Wideouts Making Strides to Return (Scout.com)

Newton vs Kaepernick

Who do you like? Who's better out of Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick? I know who I'd take… Anyone want to back Cam? | Kaepernick vs. Newton, who ya got? (Inman)

Former roommates Kaepernick and Newton still competing (Maiocco)

QB Watch: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (ESPN)

Colin Kaepernick's 'Sour Patch' B-Day Cake (49ers.com)

Ted Ginn Speaks

Matt Barrows notes what we already know…the 49ers are suffering at wide receiver and in the return game. If only there were some sort of player, a hybrid receiver / return man. Where could we find one of those? | Ginn adding juice to Panthers' passing attack, return game (Barrows)

Ted Ginn talks about the two starting quarterbacks in the game. | Ginn gives insight into QBs Kaepernick, Newton(Inman)

Coach Speak

Here's Coach Harbaugh's interview and accompanying transcript. | Coach's Notebook: Nov. 6 (49ers.com)

Coach discusses his views on Cam Newton. | Jim Harbaugh, Cam Newton and ‘plutonium-grade raw material' (Branch)

Ron Rivera: 49ers 'a Super Bowl Team for a Reason' (49ers.com)

Bullying

In all of the Miami Dolphins bullying hoopla, I forgot that Jonathan Martin was Harbaugh's player at Stanford. Coach defends him. | Harbaugh throws support behind former player Jonathan Martin (Barrows)

49ers history on rookie hazing starts with Bill Walsh (SF Gate)

Midseason Reports

2013 Midseason All-Division Team: NFC West (PFF)

10 biggest surprises in the first half of the 49ers' season (SF Gate)

Midseason Report: San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

Other News

Ruthless Sports Guy went to practice. Here is his report. | Kaepernick and Gore weigh in on quarterback comparison, LaMichael James practices catching punts and more from Wednesday's practice (BASG)

It appears we'll be paying off Nnamdi Asomugha's wedding. Matt Maiocco has his Three and Out video embedded as well. He has practice observations on our returning players, Michael Crabtree, Aldon Smith and Mario Manningham. | 49ers owe Asomugha another $470K (Maiocco)

Is Anthony Dixon really going to be returning kicks for us? I'm not necessarily against the idea if Brad Sealy thinks it's the best option. Of all the guys on this roster, if you'd have told me in July that Boobie would be our KR coming out of the bye week, I'd have shaken you and slapped you across the face repeatedly. | Dixon willing to seize kick-returner role (Inman)

Harbaugh can relate to stricken coaches (ESPN)

Niner Talk Bonus: How Eric Wright Fits (49ers.com)

BASGcast (Episode 66): Manningham and Crabtree return, Iguodala is lights out (BASG)

Carolina is Legit. And You Should Be Worried (49erswebzone)

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