Biggs: 49ers going younger at wide receiver

Mike Singletary said after San Francisco’s victory over Chicago last week that Josh Morgan would be overtaking veteran Isaac Bruce as a starter for the 49ers, and that plan is in full motion this week.

“When I talked to Isaac about the change, he was positive about it,” Singletary said. “He said, 'I feel Josh Morgan is ready.' Isaac has been working with him to get better. I didn't expect anything different from Isaac. He's a class individual, and he's all about the team.”

Bruce, who has 1,023 career receptions, will finish the season coming off the bench behind Morgan and first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree. It’s not like any wideouts have been putting up big numbers in Jimmy Raye’s conservative attack with quarterback Alex Smith.

Bruce had little to say about the situation, but said Morgan “is an ascending player.’’

The move makes sense for Singletary. Just like he showed a willingness to turn to Crabtree immediately, going with the second-year player Morgan will allow San Francisco to develop the young players as quickly as possible. Bruce is a consummate pro who according to all reports has been willing to mentor the younger players, particularly Morgan, and that’s a plus for everyone. As Singletary still tries to establish his program with the 49ers, players like Bruce can be valuable even if their numbers don’t mirror what they’ve accomplished in the past.

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