Jim Rogash

Is Niners' Michael Crabtree ahead of schedule?

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After an ugly, ugly loss where the San Francisco 49ers receiving corps, actually the whole entire offense, didn’t do a damn thing against the Seattle Seahawks, the Niners are desperate for some good news.

That good news may come in the form of receiver Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree has joined other rehabbing 49ers (there’s a lot of them) on a side field and Niners beat writer Matt Barrows is surprised about how well he is moving.

Crabtree, of course, ruptured his Achilles tendon in the offseason after he was coming of his best season as a pro.

Newly acquired Anquan Boldin made a seamless transition as the No. 1 receiver for the Niners in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers, but failed to make an impact Sunday against the Seahawks.

Kyle Williams was the leading receiver against the Seahawks and the Niners will need a lot bigger contribution from the offense when the Seahawks visit Candlestick in December.

The Legion of Boom, as the Seahawks defense calls themselves, is the best in the league and the 49ers are hopeful that Crabtree can return to form by December, along with fellow receiver Mario Manningham.

A three-headed receiving monster of Crabtree, Boldin and Manningham along with Vernon Davis at tight end, could help push the Niners over the top late in the year.

The Niners will try and bounce back from their demoralizing loss on Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts come to the ‘Stick.

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