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Inside Free Agency 2013 - Day 23: Ted Ginn Jr.

Posted Mar 4, 2013

A look at the most interesting players available in 2013

The crazy time of year that is free agency is fast approaching, so KCChiefs.com has you covered with a 30-day free agency look, highlighting the 30 most intriguing free agents or players who could be released/traded during the offseason.

You may have noticed, there are no restricted free agents on the list, largely because they rarely leave their current teams. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for the 2013 free agency season.

DAY 23 of 30

Ted Ginn Jr. is not on the 49ers 'high-priority list' to re-sign, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. The wide receiver/return man may instead be playing elsewhere in 2013. Here's a look at some of his strengths and weaknesses.


Name: Ted Ginn Jr.
Position: WR
Height: 5'11
Weight: 180
College: Ohio State
Born: April 12, 1985 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Age: 27
Experience: 6 years
Drafted: 2007, 1st Round-9th pick overall by the Miami Dolphins

Ginn just completed his sixth NFL season, recording 38 starts in 88 games.

STRENGTHS:

Career Stat Line: 27 rushes, 210 yards, 2 TDs, 161 receptions, 2,048 yards, six TDs and three-career TD returns

Ability to Contribute

When Ginn was drafted by the Dolphins, he took his talents to Miami, from Ohio State, and made an impact. During his rookie season, he finished third on the team in receptions and second in receiving yards. He set a record for Dolphins rookies, finishing with 2,086 total yards on the year.

In 2008, Ginn led the Dolphins in catches and receiving yards, helping the team to 11 wins.

Speed

Ginn's speed makes him a threat, every time he steps on the field. He showcased some of his speed and agility during Super Bowl XLVII, with this punt return, setting up the 49ers for a TD.

Of his three-career touchdown returns, two of them are more than 100 yards (101 yards and 102 yards).

Role Play

It's no surprise that he would like to have a bigger impact on the offense; however, according to Michael David Smith, Ginn admitted to accepting his role with the 49ers.

“Most of the time when you’re on championship teams, you have to sacrifice," Ginn said.

"You just have to give it up. I’m not saying you can’t do it anymore, but just not at that time. There might be somebody else that can do it better, or it’s the right time for them to do it. So, you just go out and control what you can control, and you play the game.” 

WEAKNESSESS:

Consistent Contribution

Since entering the league in 2007, Ginn has reached the end zone six times as a receiver, five of those TDs, came in his first three years in Miami.

During his last three seasons in San Francisco, he has yet to play in all 16 regular season games (13, 14, 13).

As a 49ers WR, he hs 33 receptions.

In 2012, Ginn had more rushing yards (7) than receiving yards (1) and played 67 offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.


FINAL TAKE:

Whether or not the 49ers re-sign Ginn, or let him play elsewhere, one thing is for certain, he prefers to lose his special teams title.

"I want to be known as a receiver, not a specialist guy, not a punt returner, kickoff returner," Ginn told Josh Katzowitz. "I want to be known as an actual receiver … I'm six years in now. I just want to be able to just be a receiver, and special teams is given."

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