Throughout Jim Harbaugh‘s tenure as the San Francisco 49ers Head Coach the Niners have had holes at wide receiver and this year is no different.
Two years ago, the 49ers receivers caught one pass for three yards in the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants. Last year, injuries to Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams forced the 49ers to use Randy Moss in an expanded role and first-round pick A.J. Jenkins could not emerge to anything more then a reserve. This year things may be even worse.
San Francisco has already lost Michael Crabtree (Achilles) for most of the regular season, Manningham is still weeks away from recovering from his ACL injury and Williams, Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton have all had some sort of injury to keep them out of practice. The Niners are set at one receiver position, Anquan Boldin, and one tight end position, Vernon Davis – the rest is all up in the air and the uncertainty could mean bad news for a team that has one of the toughest schedules in the NFL.
On day five of 49ers Training Camp the starter opposite of Boldin was Marlon Moore — a player that could not emerge on the Miami Dolphins (a team desperate for receiver help this offseason).
The 49ers will have to hope that Boldin can try and emulate Crabtree’s prolific numbers and that the rapport that Colin Kaepernick built in the playoffs will continue into the regular season with Davis.
San Francisco will presumably keep their base offense of two tight ends and two receivers, hopefully second-round pick Vance McDonald can emerge as a pass catching threat down the field to take the focus off Boldin and Davis.
What do you think the Niners should do to fix the receiver corp? Stick with their guys? Go into the free agency and/or trade market? And please don’t say sign Terrell Owens.