WR Isaac Bruce - Free Agent

6-0, 186Born: 11-10-1972College: MemphisDrafted: Round 2, pick

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2009 Week 1 vs ARI (8 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)

Bruce was quiet until Shaun Hill found him for a 50 yard reception on a bomb. Hill went back to Bruce deep two other times, even when he was triple-covered. He also got open for huge third-down conversion later. He also had a red zone target that was broken up by a good defensive play. Bruce also had a comical moment when they actually called his number on an end around. This will definitely be one of his highest yardage games of the year.

2009 Week 2 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Bruce had 4 receptions for 35 yards on Sunday.  The team's offense took very few chances downfield as they didn't have to against the Seattle.  Bruce had 8 targets against the Seahawks (the same as last week).

2009 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)


Before the game, Shaun Hill described Isaac Bruce as his 'go to' guy, talking about how whenever you needed him, Bruce was always there. Too bad Hill didn't get him involved sooner as Bruce's only two catches came in the fourth quarter. The second catch was a nice 15 yard out that Bruce turned into a 28 yard gain with a nice move that made the defender miss and he was able to fight for additional yards up the middle. Aside from that, Bruce was not a factor in this game.

2009 Week 4 vs STL (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Isaac Bruce had a typical veteran possession receiver afternoon in Week 4's victory over the Rams, catching three out of his four targets. None of his catches were memorable efforts, all going for between five and nine yards. His value is marginal at best even in PPR leagues as he does not get much yardage at all after the reception.

2009 Week 5 vs ATL (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bruce was targeted close to the line of scrimmage most of the time, but he was still tightly covered and couldn't convert any targets into receptions. He did catch a red zone target at the front pylon, but he was out of bounds.

2009 Week 7 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Bruce finished the day with two catches for 23 yards, including a one yard screen pass wherein he fought to simply get back to the original line of scrimmage. Bruce gave way in 2 receiver sets to Crabtree in the 2nd half and will likely lose more time as the season goes on to the rookie.

2009 Week 8 vs IND (8 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

Bruce had the 49ers first two receptions, and was a reliable possession receiver for Smith the whole game. He could have had a couple more catches, but he and Smith just barely missed connecting on a couple of passes while scrambling.

2009 Week 9 vs TEN (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Veteran wide receiver Isaac Bruce continues to slide down the depth chart in San Francisco, first with rookie Michael Crabtree getting to start at wideout and now with Jason Hill doing well as a slot receiver. Bruce had one short catch on two targets and is now a non-factor for the 49ers.

2009 Week 11 vs GB (4 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

Bruce caught a downfield pass in the comeback effort, but he is still marginalized to a bit player in the passing offense on what is likely his last tour around the league.

2009 Week 17 vs STL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bruce got on the field the for one play in what was likely his last game in the NFL.

2008 Week 1 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bruce did not figure in the San Francisco offense and failed to catch a single ball in his first game as a 49er.

2008 Week 2 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 153 / 0 rec)

As the numbers show, Bruce was a huge factor in this game. He was targeted four times in the red zone, and his four catches went for 27, 63, 30 and 33 yards. Bruce also had a rushing attempt that was negated by penalty. All of this came as a big relief to Bruce's fantasy owners, who were worried after he was shut out last week.

2008 Week 3 vs DET (4 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)

Bruce had just two receptions for 19 yards, but included in that was a six yard touchdown reception. He finished with four targets in the game.

2008 Week 4 vs NO (8 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)

Isaac Bruce knows the style of offense being run in San Francisco from his time playing under Mike Martz in St. Louis and used that knowledge for his benefit. On the second drive of the game he was the intended receiver on a pass that was almost intercepted in the end zone. He seemed to be the receiver that O'Sullivan looked for when a play was needed, but was unable to connect with him often. Bruce showed his veteran skills on the touchdown reception when he noticed O'Sullivan scrambling and ran toward the corner of end zone to give an open target and was able to haul the pass in.

2008 Week 5 vs NE (8 / 3 / 49 / 2 rec)

WR Isaac Bruce was the most reliable receiver for QB J.T. O'Sullivan and the 49ers. He hauled in two touchdown catches but also dropped a pass that went right through his hands in the first half on third and nine that would have been a first down.

2008 Week 6 vs PHI (6 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

WR Isaac Bruce was mostly quiet in the loss. He had one ball swatted away by a defender late in the game that would have been a catch for a first down.

2008 Week 7 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Bruce was heavily covered all day and O'Sullivan did not even target him once in the second half. On the balls thrown to him, he looked his reliable self. On one play, Bruce was wide open but missed out on a big gain when O'Sullivan overthrew him badly.

2008 Week 8 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

WR Isaac Bruce was the most productive wide receiver for the 49ers but only managed four receptions in the loss.

2008 Week 10 vs ARI (6 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Bruce had a tough night shaking the Arizona secondary. He only caught one of his eight targets and two of the balls thrown his way were intercepted. He garnered no respect from the Cardinals and it showed on the stat sheet as he could not make them pay for it.

2008 Week 11 vs STL (3 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

As the numbers show, Bruce was not a big factor in this game. He was not targeted in the second half, mostly because the 49ers weren't throwing the ball much.

2008 Week 12 vs DAL (10 / 8 / 125 / 1 rec)

Bruce was heavily involved in the offense early, targeted on two of the first four plays from scrimmage. On his second reception, he was hit hard and his helmet was knocked off. He hit the back of his head and had to leave the game to get stitched up. After only missing a few plays he returned a caught a pass along the sideline while being well covered, but wound up just short of the first down. He was able to catch passes even when well covered.

2008 Week 13 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec)

Bruce led the 49ers with five receptions for 67 yards. His 12 yard TD catch in the first quarter was the 90th touchdown of his 15 year NFL career. Rookie Leodis McKelvin had coverage but Bruce faked running a slant and broke it out to the corner.

2008 Week 14 vs NYJ (10 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Bruce showed great quickness while running mostly short and intermediate routes, and got open routinely. He then utilized his quickness to great effect by gaining significant yards after securing the catch several times. Bruce turned short passes into first downs four times as a result of his running after the catch. He and Hill were on the same page throughout the game, except for the play where Hill threw an interception. Both players discussed the play immediately afterwards, and got back on track.

2008 Week 15 vs MIA (12 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)

Bruce was San Francisco's top receiver on the day as he caught seven balls for 71 yards. His strong rapport with Hill continued and he often made clutch catches and helped his quarterback out by coming back for the ball when Hill faced pressure. Great route running more then made up for any speed issues the aging receiver has.

2008 Week 16 vs STL (12 / 7 / 61 / 1 rec)

Bruce had a slow start, and then the ex-Ram gave his St. Louis fans what they came for. After only one catch in the first half, he caught six in the second, including his 1,000th career reception in the final quarter, which was also a touchdown. It seemed that once he figured out how to beat the Rams coverage, he then continued to do so at will.

2008 Week 17 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Though he started at WR, Bruce received only three targets and pulled in only two for eight total yards. He was as close to being a non-factor in this game as it is possible to be without putting up a series of zeros in the stat lines.

2007 Week 1 vs CAR (9 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Bruce caught three passes for 20 yards. Bulger tried hitting him deep three times but they were all incomplete.

2007 Week 2 vs SF (13 / 8 / 145 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

Bruce was Bulger's favorite target. Bulger looked for him early and often. He was targeted 13 times and pulled in eight of the passes for an incredible 145 yards. The only thing he missed out on was that he did not score any touchdowns during this contest.

2007 Week 3 vs TB (4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Bruce struggled to find any openings in the Tampa Bay secondary, catching three passes for 14 yards on five targets. Bruce was injured in the second quarter on a play that ended up being nullified for a penalty, but did return later in the game and registered another catch in the fourth quarter. He fumbled the ball on the play he was injured on, and the ball was returned by Tampa Bay for a touchdown that was taken away for an offside penalty.

2007 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Bruce had a quiet game, catching just one pass for 24 yards on just three targets. Bruce was forced to leave the game with what seemed to be a hamstring injury, and the extent of the injury was not known immediately after the game.

2007 Week 7 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 52 / 0 rec)

Bruce returned to action after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He made a couple of nice plays (one 31 yard catch and run early on), but was only targeted three times (two for receptions, one for an interception).

2007 Week 8 vs CLE (9 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Bruce was the featured target for the Marc Bulger. Bruce was willing to go over the middle, or work the sideline routes during the game. He did not feature the blazing speed to beat the defenders off the line, but had enough strength to wrestle balls away or take the punishment from going over the middle of the field.

2007 Week 10 vs NO (6 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Bruce was active throughout the game for the Rams. He made a stellar diving catch for an 18 yard gain in the third quarter and few plays later caught a nine yard toss in the end zone.

2007 Week 11 vs SF (10 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Bruce's biggest plays against the 49ers came in extending multiple drives on long third downs of seven and fourteen yards to go. Bruce also helped to set up the opening touchdown with a fifteen yard catch to the three yard line.

2007 Week 12 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)

Bruce topped Holt by two targets, which is significant if Bulger misses any time. Frerotte seemed to often look to Bruce first and then Holt. His touchdown early in the game was from Frerotte, not Bulger.

2007 Week 13 vs ATL (7 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)

Bruce had a touchdown, and a handful of short gains. For the most part, he played the role of reliable possession receiver in this game.

2007 Week 14 vs CIN (6 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bruce went without a catch, as Brock Berlin repeatedly couldn't get the ball to him.

2007 Week 15 vs GB (10 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)

Bruce was targeted the most of any Rams' ball catchers with ten passes thrown in his direction. Despite the high number of balls going his way, he finished the day with only four receptions. Bruce's only reception of the first half went for 37 yards and ended up being his longest gain of the game. His three second half grabs went for a total 35 yards with the longest of those catches being a 20 yard reception in the fourth quarter.

2007 Week 16 vs PIT (9 / 7 / 87 / 1 rec)

Bruce caught a 12 yard touchdown pass from QB Marc Bulger in the second quarter and he did a good job of keeping his feet in bounds on the play. He had four catches for 44 yards in the first half as the Pittsburgh secondary did a good job of not giving up any big pass plays. Bruce caught an 18 yard pass on the Rams first drive of the second half. He would come back with a big play a few downs later when he caught a 21 yard pass up the middle of the field on a third and long play. Bruce finished as St. Louis' leading receiver and was targeted often in this game.

2007 Week 17 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Bruce had only two catches for 39 yards. His longest was 22 yards.

2006 Week 1 vs DEN (10 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)

Bruce had ten targets in the game and caught five of them for 64 yards. His biggest reception came midway through the third quarter when he caught a ball on a crossing route for 34 yards. Other than Bruce and Torry Holt, no other Rams' receiver had more then two targets in the game.

2006 Week 2 vs SF (6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)

Bruce appears to be fully recovered from his injuries and he remains a serious threat. He led the Rams in receiving yards and also had the longest catch of the game, 24 yards.

2006 Week 3 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 79 / 0 rec)

Bruce didn't light up the stat sheet, but he came very close to having a monster game alongside teammate Torry Holt. QB Marc Bulger missed a wide-open Bruce downfield for what would have been a huge gain early in the second quarter. Even without that one big gainer, Bruce proved that neither of the Arizona cornerbacks could cover him man-to-man, as either he or fellow WR Torry Holt found themselves open on a consistent basis.

2006 Week 4 vs DET (12 / 7 / 100 / 1 rec)

Bruce caught seven passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. His second catch of the game moved him into seventh place all time with 828 pass receptions, ahead of Larry Centers.

2006 Week 5 vs GB (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Bruce had a difficult time separating from CB Charles Woodson's tight coverage and finished the game with only 23 yards on a pair of catches. He was targeted four times by QB Marc Bulger.

2006 Week 6 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Bruce had a mediocre five catch, 45 yard day and was far overshadowed by fellow WR Torry Holt's 154 yard, three touchdown day.

2006 Week 8 vs SD (7 / 5 / 105 / 0 rec)

After failing to record a single catch in the first half, Bruce lit up the stat sheet in the second. He was close to hauling in a couple of different deep passes from Marc Bulger early on, but couldn't quite connect. As the game went on, those passes found their way to him with much more frequency. He also drew a long pass interference penalty in the end zone on Bhawoh Jue that led to another touchdown. En route to his 105 yard effort, Bruce passed Art Monk for tenth place on the all time receiving yardage list and now stands at 12,771 career yards.

2006 Week 9 vs KC (4 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)

Bruce was once again quite an active member of the St. Louis passing game. Bruce had 61 yards on three catches, all in the first half. He caught two deep passes, one on the sideline and one across the middle, within moments of one another on an 70 yard Rams' touchdown drive in the second quarter. Bruce accounted for 56 of those 70 yards on that drive. Bruce added a 14 yard catch in the fourth quarter that was stricken due to a pass interference call on Bruce. His final target was in the end zone in the last minutes of the game, but it sailed incomplete.

2006 Week 10 vs SEA (13 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec)

Bruce was the most targeted receiver for the Rams in this game and reeled in seven passes for 66 yards. No Rams' receiver found the end zone.

2006 Week 11 vs CAR (6 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Bruce suffered from the Rams' lack of protection for QB Marc Bulger. However, he didn't help himself either with two dropped passes in the first half.

2006 Week 12 vs SF (9 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)

Bruce caught six passes for 63 yards including two clutch grabs on the game winning drive. He was able to separate and make the plays his team needed.

2006 Week 13 vs ARI (10 / 5 / 75 / 1 rec)

Bruce was especially active late in the game, catching four of his five passes in the second half. He saw 11 targets and seemed to be able to create separation when he needed to.

2006 Week 14 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)

Bruce was not targeted until the Rams' fourth drive when he converted a third down with a 12 yard reception. Bulger went back to him on the next play for a 20 yard gain. On the final possession of the half, Bruce had his longest play of the day for a 24 yard gain. Most of Bruce's second half targets were deep passes and Bulger was intercepted on the last of them.

2006 Week 15 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)

Working opposite of Torry Holt, Bruce was also targeted deep often in this game, but did come up with one catch for 41 yards against a tough Raiders' secondary.

2006 Week 16 vs WAS (10 / 9 / 148 / 1 rec)

Bruce had a big day against the Redskins, catching a team high nine passes for 148 yards and a ten yard touchdown reception. He caught nine of the ten balls thrown his way, five of which resulted in first downs.

2006 Week 17 vs MIN (9 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)

Bruce was worked into the offense early as he caught a 13 yard pass on the Rams' first drive of the game, but he was given a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty when he threw the ball at the defender after the play. Bruce came back two plays later and found a hole in the Vikings' zone defense for a 23 yard gain. Bruce caught a 14 yard pass on the next drive of the game moving the ball into Minnesota territory. He had three catches for 50 yards in the first half. Bruce came out caught a pass early in the second half on 16 yard play on the Rams' opening drive in the second half. The catch helped set up a Jeff Wilkins field goal. That would be Bruce's only reception of the second half. The Rams went to a more conservative offense in the second half as they built up a big league and did not throw the ball much after the third quarter.

2005 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 3 / 61 / 1 rec)

Bruce had a nice game for the Rams with 61 yards on just three receptions. He scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 29 yard pass from Bulger. On the play, Bruce beat the defenders with a fake to the inside then broke outside turning the safety around leaving him wide open on his way to the corner of the endzone. Bruce was also an endzone target in the second quarter but the pass was defended by the 49ers. It's been heading this direction for a while, but it was abundantly clear that he's a secondary target in this offense.

2005 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)

Bruce was a bigger part of the game plan than he was last week. He was the most targeted receiver for the Rams, getting eight chances. Bruce caught five of them, ranging between three and 23 yards in distance. Four of the five were for 11 yards or more, and all of those were for first downs. Bruce was also targeted in the second quarter in the end zone, but the pass was batted away before he could haul it in. Bruce improved his impressive resume as he passed Don Maynard for 12th all-time yards receiving list on his 23-yard catch in the second quarter.

2005 Week 3 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Bruce left the game in the second quarter after catching just one ball with what has been diagnosed as a hyperextended big toe. Given that these injuries tend to linger, this should be closely monitored, and the Rams' receiving depth chart given particular notice. Bruce indicated he'd play next week but coach Mike Martz was more cautious saying it would be Wednesday before he'd know enough to comment on it.

2005 Week 10 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bruce started the game alongside receivers Kevin Curtis and Torry Holt in a three receiver set, but Bruce was not utilized through the game. He was overthrown on his first target during the Rams' second possession. His only reception was during the third quarter. It was a deep crossing route. Bruce had to dive/slide to make the catch.

2005 Week 11 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 83 / 1 rec)

Bruce caught all four balls thrown his way for 83 yards and a 46 yard touchdown. While it was tough to see if he is completely healed, he definitely did enough to show Bruce owners he's ready to be a factor from here on out in the fantasy world.

2005 Week 12 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 94 / 1 rec)

Bruce caught four passes against the Texans, two in each half. The first catch was for 20 yards, and was the first ever pass completion by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. It was also the pass that put Bruce over 12,000 career receiving yards, making him the eleventh player in the NFL to reach that mark. Bruce later added a 17 yard grab before halftime. Bruce caught a perfect 43 yard deep ball in the final minute for a touchdown to draw the Rams within a field goal for his fourth and final catch of the day. This was preceded by a 14 yard catch on the same drive.

2005 Week 13 vs WAS (9 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

This was Bruce's fourth game since returning from a nagging turf toe injury and he looks to be near 100%. Unfortunately, his rookie quarterback wasn't able to take full advantage of the veteran receiver, connecting on only four of ten attempted passes in his direction. None of the six incompletions between Ryan and Bruce were catchable balls.

2005 Week 14 vs MIN (14 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Bruce and Fitzpatrick were a little more in sync this week than last week's game but still struggled to connect on several timing pass plays. Bruce was the victim of several pass attempts thrown behind him and a couple thrown at his feet. He also made a few mistakes of his own including a couple of dropped passes and falling down during one route while attempting to make his cut which was intercepted by Minnesota. Bruce ended the game with five catches for 66 yards and a couple of end zone targets. He became the 14th player in NFL history to reach 800 career receptions with a five yard catch late in the first half. Bruce also moved into 10th place in all-time receiving yards with 12,181 yards.

2005 Week 15 vs PHI (6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Bruce and his rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick just don't seem to be on the same page. Most of Bruce's six targets weren't catchable passes and he finished with only two catches for 16 yards.

2005 Week 16 vs SF (9 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)

Bruce had a solid game, and looked to be comfortable with Martin. He also seemed to get open easily, whether on shorter patterns or deeper ones, as he displayed very good quickness and speed. Bruce may have had a more productive day as on one play, he lost his footing on what could have turned out to be a significant gain, and on another, he was targeted in the end zone, but a great effort by a 49ers' defender resulted in an interception.

2005 Week 17 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Bruce had a single reception on five targets and never really seemed to be in the game. Whether Martin was looking for Torry Holt or his receivers out of the backfield, Bruce's targets seemed to be afterthoughts and were not always catchable passes.