From high-profile additions to NFL journeymen, The Bee provides a primer to the new players jockeying for position in training camp. Get to know the new faces at two position groups each day for both the 49ers and Raiders. Rosters are cut to 75 players Sept. 1 and 53 players Sept. 5. Read Matt Barrows’ in-depth position preview here.
After six seasons, Michael Crabtree left the 49ers in April for a one-year deal with the Raiders. That leaves Anquan Boldin as the likely main target for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Torrey Smith, like Boldin a former Raven, joins the 49ers following four productive seasons for Baltimore. The fifth-year receiver has yet to miss a game, so durability is a strength.
Key returners: Anquan Boldin, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton
Key departures: Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson
Dres Anderson | 6-foot-2 | 190 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Utah)
Last year: In seven games, he caught 22 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns in limited action because of a knee injury in October. He had 53 catches for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns his junior season.
The skinny: If genetics count – and they should – Anderson’s father is “Flipper” Anderson, who was a wide receiver in the NFL for 10 seasons.
Issac Blakeney | 6-foot-6 | 225 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Duke)
Last year: Caught 47 passes for 559 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games for the Blue Devils. Both totals were career bests in his two seasons with Duke.
The skinny: The undrafted free agent certainly has the size of the valued, big NFL receiver, and would appear to be a possible red-zone target.
DiAndre Campbell | 6-foot-2 | 206 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Washington)
Last year: Had 24 catches for 231 yards and a touchdown in 14 games for the Huskies.
The skinny: Playing for the 49ers would be a Bay Area homecoming for the former Oakland Technical High School standout. Campbell opened eyes with his 37 1/2-inch vertical jump at his pro day.
Mario Hull | 6-foot-1 | 200 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Rice)
Last year: He had career-bests of 32 receptions for 621 yards and eight touchdowns.
The skinny: At his pro day, Hull had 18 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press and a vertical leap of 40 inches. Athletic? Check. Can he earn a spot in a crowded field? Training camp will tell.
Jerome Simpson | 6-foot-2 | 190 pounds
Experience: Six years (Coastal Carolina)
Last year: Legal problems kept Simpson out of the NFL, following a 2013 season for the Vikings when he had 48 catches for 726 yards and a touchdown.
The skinny: The shadow of Simpson’s off-field wrongdoings is long. Following three-year stops in Cincinnati and Minnesota, will San Francisco be the turning point for him?
DeAndre Smelter | 6-foot-2 | 227 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Georgia Tech)
Last year: Had 715 receiving yards on just 35 catches and scored seven touchdowns.
The skinny: Smelter averaged 20.4 yards a catch for the Yellow Jackets, and he thrives on yards after catch. The question is whether he will bounce back from an ACL tear late last season.
Torrey Smith | 6-foot | 205 pounds
Experience: Five years (Maryland)
Last year: Caught 49 passes for 767 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns for the Ravens.
The skinny: In four seasons with Baltimore, Smith has averaged 53 catches for nearly 900 yards and seven touchdowns. Dependable? He’s averaged nearly 40 receptions for first downs a season.
DeAndrew White | 6-foot | 192 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Alabama)
Last year: Had a career-best 40 catches last season for 504 yards and four touchdowns, playing in the shadow of Amari Cooper.
The skinny: He ran 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, and Cooper told csnbayarea.com that White, an undrafted free agent, is “driven, and he can go out and make plays.”