Before the NFL season started, the San Francisco 49ers were highly compared to division rival, the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately for the 49ers, their season hasn’t lived up to the hype and Seattle has run away with the NFC West division. Even the Arizona Cardinals are breathing down San Francisco’s neck for a playoff berth. However, all of that ends with the return of Michael Crabtree.
Vernon Davis has been solid this season and the 49ers’ defense has been a force to be reckoned with, but without Crabtree, Colin Kaepernick‘s struggles have been quite obvious. Anquan Boldin has had his share of ups and downs this season, but with Crabtree opposite him Boldin’s season should improve as well.
Crabtree is the No. 1 receiver for the 49ers and Kaepernick. Now that Michael has finally been activated from the PUP list, San Francisco’s offense may finally click to its full extent. I have been very critical of the 49ers’ play thus far this season and have even gone as far as saying a playoff berth may not be likely in San Francisco. However, Crabtree’s return is the missing piece to get the Niners over the hump and end their struggles this season.
Even if Michael isn’t on top of his game right away, just having him on the field means opposing defenses are going to have to account for him. That means the likes of Boldin, Davis and even Frank Gore out of the backfield may be more open than usual. By the time the postseason starts Crabtree should be a prominent fixture in San Francisco’s offense, and that is a great thing for the 49ers moving forward.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org