For San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree it seemed that this would be the first time in his four-year career that he would be healthy during training camp and yet he was not able to because he injured his ankle on day one of training camp. The good news regarding the injury is that it is not serious though he did miss practice on Saturday.
Crabtree is coming off a career high in receptions with 72 and yards with 874 he also averaged 12.1 yards per reception and caught for touchdowns. In his three seasons he’s caught 175 passes for 2,240 yards good for a 12.8 yards per catch, caught 12 touchdowns and has a long of 60.
Running back Frank Gore said that “He’ll be all right. He’s good. “He’s going to be ready.” Also, heading into training camp quarterback Alex Smith stated “He had such a great spring and summer. I felt like he had a great offseason. … He can do so many things.”
The 49ers do have depth at wide receiver after signing Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and drafting A.J. Jenkins in the first round out of the University of Illinois. Also, on the rosters are Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn Jr. Depending on how long Crabtree is there will be a competitive battle between Williams and Jenkins for the fourth wide receiver spot.
Even if Crabtree misses a few days of training camp will be the 49ers No.1 receiver followed by Moss, Manningham, Williams and Jenkins. The only move that could be made is if Jenkins outperforms Williams in training camp and moves ahead of him on the depth chart.