San Francisco 49ers Will Rely on Anquan Boldin Even More in 2013 With Michael Crabtree Out

By Dan Parzych
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After falling just short of winning the Super Bowl last year, expectations will be even higher for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the 2013 season as Colin Kaepernick will be entering his first full season as a starter. Unfortunately, the 49ers suffered a big loss last week after Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon, but there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to still perform at a high level on offense in the passing game–especially with the addition of Anquan Boldin.

The 49ers acquired Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens during the offseason as the defending Super Bowl champions wanted to clear some salary space and if last season is any indication of what to expect–Kaepernick will have another reliable weapon in the passing game. Boldin was one of the main reasons why Baltimore was able to pull off an impressive Super Bowl run as he took his game to a completely different level in the playoffs and finished the regular season with 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns.

San Francisco knew the addition of Boldin was a great move this offseason, but they’re going to be relying on him even more now with Crabtree out considering there’s no telling whether the former first-round pick will even be able to play during the 2013 season. Luckily, Boldin knows all about what it takes to be a No. 1 wide receivers–so thank goodness the 49ers made the move when they did to acquire him during the offseason.

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