The 49ers announced they waived WR Marlon Moore on Wednesday afternoon. The 26-year old wide receiver had a solid training camp, but his success didn't translate into the regular season. He had only one reception for six yards and was inactive in two of the last five games.
This move suggests that Mario Manningham will be added to the 53-man roster soon. The veteran WR suffered two torn knee ligaments in Week 16 last year against the Seattle Seahawks and began practicing in mid-October. Greg Roman said he was practicing with the first-team offense while in London last week.
After scoring a touchdown in practice, the team's offensive coordinator knew he would be coming back soon.
"Mario is a guy that’s got really, really good understanding of football," Roman said of Manningham in London. "He’s a guy that we would probably use the word ‘savvy’ to describe. Really like how he runs routes. How he understands leverage as the play develops. And he’s looking good, working hard."
The 27-year old WR had 42 catches for 449 yards in 12 games last year with the 49ers. He will be expected to bolster a depleted receiving group that is still missing last year's top WR Michael Crabtree. With the exception of Anquan Boldin, no other player at the wide receiving position has more than 11 receptions or a touchdown. .