Minor injuries since the start of training camp to the San Francisco 49ers receiving corps should be a cause for concern for Niner fans. Should one of the current receivers on the depth chart go down with a major injury, the 49ers will be in an even bigger hole than they are now with Michael Crabtree out for most of the season.
So far there have been no major injuries at 49ers training camp. But seeing receivers A.J Jenkins, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Kassim Osgood and Kyle Williams all sit out practices during training camp because of minor injuries is disconcerting. Jenkins and Osgood hurt their right hamstrings during Tuesday’s warm-ups and did not practice the rest of the day. Williams also injured his right hamstring, but did so on Sunday. He also missed Tuesday’s practice after having Monday off. Patton is seeing limited action on the field at practice because of an injured finger.
Minor injuries are part of training camp, but the 49ers are already depleted at receiver with injuries to Crabtree and Mario Manningham. So not having another experienced starter on the receivers depth chart could come back to haunt the 49ers, should another major injury occur.
One problem for the 49ers is the free agent market at wide receiver is not all that great. Sure, it’s filled with veterans, but they are all past their prime. However, the logic with the 49ers signing a free agent receiver now will not only act as insurance, but it also gives the receiver more time to learn the Niners offense.