The San Francisco 49ers may have hit the jackpot in the 2013 NFL season.
Riding a five game winning streak before their Week 9 bye, the 49ers have gotten healthier each day and are in the process of getting back to full strength in time for the stretch run into the playoffs.
Prior to the start of the season, the Niner offense was without running back LaMichael James and receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. Now James is back, although he’s been inactive the last several games for reasons that he’s being “held out for the right moment”. In essence, the 49ers feel they are deep enough at running back and don’t want to expose the explosiveness of LaMichael so early in the season.
Mario Manningham is expected to be activated in time for Week 10’s matchup against Carolina, giving QB Colin Kaepernick an added offensive weapon, and maybe most importantly, a viable deep threat.
Manningham could help open up the middle of the field even more for tight end Vernon Davis as well as put Kyle Williams back to his more appropriate role of slot receiver.
Crabtree is expected back in mid-to-late November, thus putting the 49ers at full strength on offense, making them one of the best in the league.
On defense, San Francisco is activating linebacker Aldon Smith and could add free agent cornerback Eric Wright off the non-football injury list.
To make room for the upcoming activations, the 49ers have already released receiver Marlon Moore and could add cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the list as well, especially with cornerback Tramaine Brock playing so well.
San Francisco is getting healthy, and the healthier they get, the more space they have to clear on their roster. A complete and healthy 49ers team is a scary team, and as the days and weeks go by, it’s becoming clear that the 49ers could be the most dangerous team come January.