San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Injuries May Cause Issues

By John Ware
Anquan Boldin
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The San Francisco 49ers are trying to maintain some type of wide receiving core.  With injuries to AJ Jenkins, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Mario Manningham, and Michael Crabtree, to say the 49ers are hurting at the wide receiver position is a big understatement. At least the team has tight end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Though neither of them are deep threats, those two are known for the chains.

San Francisco recently signed former Indianapolis Colts slot receiver Austin Collie to a one-year deal.  Now whether Collie was signed to actually stay on the roster and produce during the season remains to be seen as the aforementioned players get healthy.  Collie has been more known for concussions rather than his catches. Last season, he tore his patellar tendon and ended up playing only one game during the 2012 season.

The good news is for the team is that the team is a running team. They have talent and versatility in the backfield with veteran Frank Gore, second year players LaMichael James and quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

San Francisco also added former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins to a one-year deal. The team obviously wants to get Kaepernick plenty of quality reps while waiting for his teammates to heal. This team will become interesting if Collie and Hawkins begin to perform well and then head coach Jim Harbaugh has to make tough decisions when it is time to cut the team to 53 players.  Remember, former 49er quarterback Alex Smith got injured and lost his spot to Kaepernick in the middle of the season.

John Ware is a San Francisco 49ers writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @OutermindMedia, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google+

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