The San Francisco 49ers are on the verge of becoming a powerhouse in the current NFL landscape. In the past two seasons they have made it to the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl respectively, though they have yet to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. There’s no doubt that since they brought in Jim Harbaugh as their head coach, they have become a whole new beast.
Last season they made their team even more dynamic when Alex Smith went down with an injury that allowed star-on-the-rise Colin Kaepernick to take over the duties under center. Kaepernick through half of the regular season and the postseason showed he has an elite passing game and the ability to break off long runs.
One of Kaepernick’s favorite targets that emerged as the season went on was Michael Crabtree, who really exploded once Kaepernick got the job. Crabtree finally looked like he was going to live up to his billed potential as a young receiver and many were excited to see what he would be able to do in 2013. However, that’s likely not going to happen now as reports say that Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in OTAs this week and will likely be out for most of, if not the entirety of, the regular season.
Though that’s a pretty big blow to the 49ers as they lose their number one wide-out, they inadvertently covered their rear-ends this off-season by signing Anquan Boldin, who was an integral part in the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl run last season. Boldin was originally brought in to help compliment Crabtree and Vernon Davis and give Kaepernick another quality option, but no he’s likely going to be vaulted into the number one receiver position for San Fran.
Crabtree’s injury obviously weakens the receiving core as the battle for the third wide receiver position between Kyle Williams, Mario Manningham and others has now turned into the battle for who will be the number two receiver. However, the 49ers have to be thanking their lucky stars that they signed Boldin and that they should still be able to give their young quarterback solid receiving options for this season.