The San Francisco 49ers’ most valuable player on offense this year is not the starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The most valuable player is wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Boldin will be the No. 1 aerial target for Kaepernick especially since his fellow receiver Michael Crabtree started off training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List. Boldin needs more than 100 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns in order for San Francisco to set the tone for a Super Bowl title. Yes, Kaepernick will be throwing him the ball, but the veteran receiver is known for yards after the catch.
Quarterback is always the safe choice in picking most valuable and/or most important player. But San Francisco went to the NFC Championship Game in 2011 and lost because of special teams’ fumbles and not former starting quarterback Alex Smith. Add to that, the receiving core was not up to par that season. San Francisco still won games in 2012 prior to Kaepernick taking over as the signal caller.
The 49ers are primarily a running team with a very strong defense. The NFL, however, is a passing league. Strictly running the football effectively will not cut it even with Kaepernick’s athletic ability.
An honorable mention for 49ers’ offensive MVP is also tight end Vernon Davis. Quarterbacks are using tight ends more often and with Walker’s departure, he will be a big safety valve for the Niners’ quarterback.
Furthermore, AJ Jenkins is still unproven as an NFL wide receiver and tight end Delanie Walker has moved on with the Tennessee Titans and the self-proclaimed “greatest of all-time” Randy Moss was not re-signed.