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A longer look at new 49ers wide receiver Keshawn Martin

We spoke with a Patriots blogger about the 49ers newest addition.

The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver and returner Keshawn Martin on Tuesday, adding some depth to a much maligned unit. Martin plays wide receiver, and can handle both kick and punt returns. The 49ers kick return game has been in the bottom third of the league, while their wide receivers are unable to do much. Whether it’s more of them than the quarterback or vice versa, something needs to change.

We took a few minutes to chat with Rich Hill from Pats Pulpit. Martin spent his first three years in Houston, but was traded to the New England Patriots last year. In one season with the Patriots, Martin appeared in nine games and had 24 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned eight punts for 92 yards. He was cut as part of final roster cuts in early September. Here’s what Rich had to say:

Keshawn Martin is a versatile wide receiver that seemed to be a great fit for the Patriots offense. He can play in the slot and he can play the Z role all over the formation, so he was an ideal back-up for both Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. I was surprised when he was cut because the Patriots signed him to an extension in January with a $600,000 signing bonus. That wasn't enough to save him.

He was sidelined for much of the preseason with an injury and the Patriots opted to only keep four wide receivers on the roster in order to retain a rookie running back and sophomore tight end that both really impressed all summer.

Martin is best as a No. 3 option in an offense and can make catches on all levels of the field. He won't produce offense on his own, but he can be competitive against most #3 cornerbacks.

As a returner: He was definitely above average, if not close to great. He was always good for a forced missed tackle or two. That skill set showed up as a receiver as well.