On Tuesday, it became official.
The San Francisco 49ers offense just got that much more versatile when it was announced that receiver Mario Manningham was activated to the 53-man roster. The move means Manningham will be active and could start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
For quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the added addition of Manningham to the roster only helps a passing offense that has struggled all season with the exception of Week 1 when Kap threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns.
Since then, Kapernick has topped 200 yards passing only once and has six touchdown passes in his last seven games.
Mario comes along at the perfect time for the 49ers who are coming off a bye week and a five game winning streak in which the offense has averaged almost 35 points a game.
The addition of Manningham should all but assure that Kyle Williams moves from the No. 2 receiver spot, to the slot position where he could find success in early downs. Tight end Vernon Davis, who leads the team with 7 touchdowns through eight games, could find even more openings in the middle of the field now that Manningham will be able to spread the ball vertically.
In correspondence with the activation of Manningham and cornerback Eric Wright, the 49ers released fellow defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha.