It won’t be a one man job.
To replace Michael Crabtree’s production on the San Francisco 49ers (85 catches, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2012) it’s going to take a collective effort from the team, the team, the team.
Jim Harbaugh is eager to see which young wide receiver will emerge to fill Crabtree’s shoes as San Francisco’s starting wideout opposite of Anquan Boldin. So far, the young wideouts have been letting their work on the practice field make their case. Players like A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette are intriguing prospects to line up with Boldin. Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are also close to returning from late-season injuries.
It should also be noted that the 49ers can still continue their power-running approach in 2013. They also have the unique running threat of Colin Kaepernick. In the backfield, Kendall Hunter is working his way back from a season-ending injury. Plus, Frank Gore is Frank Gore.
Receivers are key in any offense, but the 49ers have shown the ability to be creative in personnel groupings. Not to be forgotten, Vernon Davis, one of the game’s most dangerous tight ends, still figures to be heavily involved in the passing game.
More on the team’s options to fill in for Crabtree can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared NaVorro Bowman’s views on the wide receiver subject.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com analyzed the team’s 90-man roster for possible Crabtree replacements.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com shared three options the 49ers have to fill Crabtree’s production, one of which is letting Colin Kaepernick run more often.
CSN Bay Area also spoke with former 49ers tight end and Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Brent Jones, on the Crabtree topic.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News looked at the most productive wide receivers in the NFL and how their impact didn’t translate to postseason success.
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Cal coach Sonny Dykes who came to 49ers OTAs to watch his former player, Quinton Patton.
49ers CEO Jed York joined the Rich Eisen podcast to discuss Super Bowl L.
49ers cornerback Tarell Brown recently visited NFL.com’s “Double Coverage” podcast.
The 49ers signed two draft picks, Tank Carradine and Vance McDonald.
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