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How do you grade 49ers free agent addition Louis Murphy?

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Time to grade every 49ers roster addition from the 2017 offseason. Today, we look at wide receiver Louis Murphy.

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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the 2017 season and have begun their work to prepare for 2018 free agency and the draft. We’ll be breaking down plenty of what that means, but in the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at the season that was for the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo capture our imagination, but the 49ers rebuilding process was extensive last year. We are going to take a look at every notable addition and provide a forum for grading how that signing, trade, or draft pick worked out.

Louis Murphy, Wide Receiver
How acquired: Signed November 6th 2017 (second stint for 2017) on a one year $423,000 salary

Louis Murphy very well may not be in the 49ers plans for 2018. He already signed once in July of 2017 and was released September 1st as part of roster cuts on their way to the 53-man roster. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), injuries to the wide receivers corps, most notably a rib injury to Trent Taylor, resulted in Murphy coming back to the team.

If Murphy played his last down of football for San Francisco, he’ll be forever remembered for kickstarting an era with this.

From there, Murphy quietly made himself a fine target for Jimmy Garoppolo, though the numbers certainly don’t show it (eight receptions for 121 yards). Murphy had a few other nice catches; notably a near-picked ball that had a funny stretch after he was down.

Murphy was brought in for depth and he certainly provided it. With Pierre Garçon getting healthy and Kendrick Bourne making a name for himself, it’s hard to imagine Murphy returning. If the wide receiver corps again were to be decimated by injury, he might be the first guy to call.


How do you grade the Louis Murphy signing? (second stint)

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