Double K’s Take: The San Francisco 49ers loaded Wide Receiving core….


                                                                                                                This year’s niners team is loaded in so many area’s from the quarterback position to the running back position, the defensive line to the amazing line backer core. But for the purpose of this article we are going to focus on the wide out position. I say wide out because I am also going to include the tight ends in this article. So lets first look at the starters then I will take a look at receivers and tight ends who I think can and will make an impact this season regardless of time on the field. Now let’s look at the starting 4…


WR1 – Michael Crabtree (Drafted in 2009 by SF) (Career: 279rec 3,629yrds 22TD, 2013*: 19rec 284yrds 1TD): Crabtree came into the league as a diva and he still remains one. This wide out though has proven to be worth the trouble. When he is on the field the dynamic of the defense changes because you know that he is a threat to go to the house at any moment. He has been the target of Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman’s barbs for most of the offseason. Let’s hope that helps him develop even faster in the wide out he has the potential to be. I can see him going for over 1,000yrds if he can stay healthy and stay on the field. He is just the first of the 49ers weapons I think that will be crucial to Kapernick’s success…


WR2 – Anquan Boldin (Drafted in 2003 by ARI) (Career: 857rec 11,344yrds 65TD, 2013: 85rec 1,179yrds 7TD): Boldin is the veteran of the group and the only one that is a Super Bowl champion. When Boldin first came over from the Ravens I knew he would have impact and he did pretty much from game one until Crabtree hit the field Boldin was the number one option on most plays. He put up decent numbers in his first year with the team but I think we have yet to see what Bolding truly has to offer when he isn’t the only viable weapon on the field. This year will be that year when he can show exactly why he was a first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals 11 years ago…


WR3 – Steve Johnson (Drafted in 2008 by BUF) (Career: 301rec 3,832yrds 28TD, 2013: 52rec 597yrds 3TD): Steve Johnson is the second major addition to the wide receiving corps in the past two seasons. I think that this is the best thing that could have happened for his career. He comes to a place where he doesn’t have to be the man, all he has to do is go out there and perform. He has the talent with his 6+ foot frame and a little over 200 lbs he should be able to give most nickel corners fits when he gets out there and makes plays. Overall great addition that that will help them come playoff time as he bounces between the 2-3 spots on the depth chart…



TE1 – Vernon Davis (Drafted in 2006 by SF) (Career: 397rec 5,201yrds 53TD, 2013: 52rec 850yrds 13TD): With Vernon finally showing up at training camp this team can begin to dream. These four men will give most defenses too many targets to cover. But Vernon is pretty much the most important piece to the puzzle because he will open up things for Boldin and Crabtree. Vernon is a true deep threat and can run routs better than most of the tight ends in the NFL. When the season begins if all of these guys are healthy expect the 49ers offense to be pretty potent!!...

                                                                                                                And then there are the guys that I think will see play time and when they do they will have an impact on this team’s ability to win in the postseason. Coach Harbaugh was known for his depth with the Cardinal and I think he has built a similar team here that can win on a consistent basis. Here are a couple of the guys I think will provide that impact!!...








WR4 – Quinton Patton (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 3rec 34yrds 0TD): Patton was drafted two years ago and never really given a chance to break into the starting lineup. This year won’t be any different with three solid starters in place but he will get his chance to be on the field. I think if he can just make sure to perform well when he is on the field he will continue to get more playing time in. He is a quick and small which will allow him to be elusive and I think that he will also make a good slot rotation receiver when Johnson is tired…









WR5 – Bruce Ellington (Drafted in 2014 by SF) (Rookie): Ellington like Patton is small and quick, I don’t think he will be getting a lot of playtime this season. Where I think he will make his impact will be on special teams. This kid can make some big plays in that area and I think that will result in him getting a roster spot and developing within this offense he was a steal with where the Niners were able to get him in the draft. Let’s see if that steal will pay off with on the field and during the season…







TE2 – Vance McDonald (Drafted in 2013 by SF) (Career: 8rec 119yrds 0TD): Harbaugh used former tight end Delanie Walker a lot during the 49ers first run to the NFC Championship game. I think that Vance will fill a similar role in his second year. He is a very talented athlete who struggled in his rookie season but I think that he will have a breakout year this year and will work his way into regular rotation as the season progresses. I personally think he is capable of having a 500+ yard season if he remains productive and progressing at the same rate. So look for these three to have impact in their own ways but all will be a part of what I expect to be a successful season in 2014-15…

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