Golden Nuggets: Delanie Walker and his value to the 49ers

Ezra Shaw

Monday, February 11, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

I've scoured the world. Up and down. In and out. All around. There is no news. I've found two pieces on Delanie Walker. First up is this one by Eric Branch of the Chronicle. It's more than just a Walker piece. It details each and every 49er free agent and what their outlook for free agency and 2013 is. The other article simply quotes the first, so I'm leaving it out. How valuable is Walker? He'll want a chance to start somewhere, and he's definitely looking for a raise. He dropped 11 passes on the year, though, leading our Anthony Ly to dub him 'Droptimus Prime,' a name I'll never get tired of writing. He does everything well but catch easy passes. I'd love to keep him. What about you guys?

Delanie Walker among top targets of 49ers' free agents (Branch)

It's really just a 49ers 'link' page...no linkS here. Not sure what to do with the rest of the space.

We talked a bit about No.2 receiver and how crucial it is to get some production out of it. I did a piece on Michael Crabtree as soon as the season ended and I'd like to revisit it. I examined the percentage of total receptions, yards receiving, and touchdown receptions players in the league accounted for of their teams' totals. Crabtree was toward the tops of the league. The list is in the article.

Michael Crabtree: A statistical analysis of his importance to the 49ers passing game (Malone)

We all know how valuable Crabtree is to us. No need to bring it up for that reason. What I want to say is, look at the other receivers on the list. Most of them play for horrible teams. Only Crabtree, A.J. Green and Andre Johnson played for playoff teams, and only the 49ers made any noise out of those three. We have to upgrade the passing game. Colin Kaepernick is going to get those numbers up for all of our players. Which of the Niners' current pass catchers will benefit most from a full offseason and season of CK7 at quarterback? Are we going to bring anyone in? HELP!!!

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