The San Francisco 49ers will have Michael Crabtree back Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Crabtree, however, will most likely not be the most important recent addition to the 49ers’ offense. That title belongs to Mario Manningham. Crabtree, who more than likely will not be too close to 100% despite anyone’s assurances, will be a great addition, but his impact will most likely be felt in the coming weeks. Manningham, who has been back for a few weeks now, has continually improved his route-running, timing with Colin Kaepernick, and receiver skills. If he can build of his very positive performance last week, Sunday could finally see him find the end zone and perhaps break the 100 yards receiving mark.
Michael Crabtree, in the long term, is by far the 49ers most valuable wide receiver. Anquan Boldin has been excellent, but at this point in his career is more of a #2. Boldin can catch anything. Crabtree can beat just about anyone. Besides, if Crabtree and Kaepernick can re-establish the rapport they were able to build late last season, they could be one of the best quarterback-receiver duos in the National Football League. Don’t be surprised if they tear up the NFL for years to come. Sunday, however, he will take a back seat to Mario.