The early impressions of WR Ted Ginn Jr. coming out of 49ers OTAs have been mixed.
Ginn, the speedy receiver/return man who is getting a fresh start by the Bay, also hasn’t been able to shake his reputation he earned in Miami for dropped passes. That’s bad when your primary job is to catch them.
San Jose Mercury News columnist Cam Inman was on hand for the 49ers’ first day of a three-day OTA session Monday, noting that Ginn, a fixture at the team’s practice facility, ”repeatedly dropped balls.” A couple of weeks back, David White of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along some thoughts from coach Mike Singletary, who said his coaches believe Ginn is more than just a return man. But Kevin Lynch had the same impressions of Ginn Monday, blogging that Ginn’s reputation for drops has stayed in tact.
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger suggested there are things to like about the new fit for Ginn, who will likely fill the No. 3 or 4 receiver role for the 49ers. And since we are talking about dropped passes during voluntary OTAs in May, it might be worth reserving judgement whether Ginn just had a bad day or if the drops have followed him to San Francisco.