5 San Francisco 49ers Who Can’t Miss Games
5 San Francisco 49ers Who Can't Miss Games
The San Francisco 49ers have only one goal in mind; to win the Super Bowl. To do so, they need to stay focused and more importantly at this point, stay healthy. During the offseason, the Niners have been plagued by injuries, especially at the wide receiver position.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh will replace a player permanently if they are injured. Just ask quarterback Alex Smith who went down with a concussion last year and got replaced by Colin Kaepernick. Runningback LaMichael James currently has a sprained MCL, but the team still has veteran Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. Cornerback Chris Culliver is out for the season after he tore his ACL during training camp. Luckily, the 49ers have veteran Nnamdi Asomugha and Eric Wright adding depth to the defensive secondary.
The wide receiver position is still a question mark with Michael Crabtree out with a torn Achilles and Mario Manningham nursing an injured knee. Former Baltimore Raven Anquan Boldin is set to lead the receivers while Crabtree is out of action.
In the NFL, every player brings value to the table. How much is dependent on each particular player’s skillset, mind frame, health and resolve. But there are certain players that are irreplaceable; players who make an impact on and sometimes off the field. There some players, if lost whose void cannot be filled. The 49ers are no exception to this rule.
They have five players who cannot miss any playing time this season.
5. Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback in a quarterback-driven league.
4. Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith had 19.5 sacks in 2012. he will be shooting for 30 in 2013.
3. Frank Gore
Frank Gore quietly rushed for 1,200 yards in 2012 and running is the staple of the 49ers offense.
2. Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis has been a staple in the passing game and the tight end position is now the safety blanket for quarterbacks.
1. NaVorro Bowman
NaVorro Bowman led the team in tackles in 2012 and is known as a legit run-stopper.