Ten games into the 2013 NFL season, and the 49ers are holding tight the 6th and final playoff spot with a 6-4 record.
All season they’ve played with a patchwork receiving core that has included swapping an under-achieving first round pick for another under-achieving first round pick, and cutting a pair of receivers who were quickly picked up by other teams.
As a result of the inconsistent play at wide receiver, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers passing game has suffered. The worst in football, Kaepernick is averaging 180 yards a game and has just 11 touchdown passes in 10 games. His QB rating is a mere 81.8. Last season in thirteen games played, Kap finished with 10 touchdown passes and a QB rating of 98.3.
Although Anquan Boldin has played solid since being acquired from the Baltimore Ravens, he’s not a No. 1 receiver. That title belongs to Michael Crabtree, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon back in May and until recently, was cleared to practice.
Up until now however, he’s yet to be activated for his first NFL action of the 2013 season. The 49ers have until November 28 to activate Crabtree to the active roster and each day it seems he’s looking better and better, but still no confirmed date of when he’ll return.
On Wednesday, word spread that Crabtree could be looking at Week 13 to make his debut, albeit, on a very limited snap count.
If this is in fact true, then expect Kaepernick and the 49ers to play at least another week with their current pass catching group that recently welcomed back receiver Mario Manningham.
San Francisco takes on Washington Monday Night in the nation’s capitol.