The San Francisco 49ers have already activated their second leading receiver, (WR) Mario Manningham; along with (DL) Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, (CB) Eric Wright, and defensive playmaker (OLB) Aldon Smith. As of today, (WR) Michael Crabtree was initially cleared from the 49ers’ coaching staff to practice on the field, alongside his fellow teammates. Roughly, it has been about five and a half months since KingCrab’s right Achilles tendon injury on May 21, during OTA’s (organized team activities). It was anticipated that Crabtree would return to the field about mid to late November, at the very least. However, after speculating his ongoing progress, trainers/coaches felt as if he was “ready” to practice earlier than expected (two weeks early).
Clearing the savvy receiver establishes a 21-day window for the wideout to be inserted into the Niners’ 53-man roster or the permanently injured reserve list; depending on his forward progression. Usually, Achilles injuries take about a full year of rehabilitation before performing at 100%; Crabtree didn’t even hit the 6-month mark yet. (RB) Adrian Peterson had a major surgery on his ACL about 2 years ago, and he returned in less than 10 months and “still performed” at a high-level; nonetheless, the same can’t be said for RGIII after his ACL procedure.
Adding the explosive (WR) Michael Crabtree into the wide receiver slot will exceedingly increase the 49ers passing attack. Reasonably, the “red” and “gold’s” aerial approach has been placed dead last in the NFL league today because of their ignominious wide receiving core (averaging 180-190 yards); excluding (WR) Anquan Boldin ofcourse. Another reason why is because the 49ers primarily rely on their “power-running” offense to get the job done, as opposed to in the air like New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick. When pupil (QB) Colin Kaepernick was activated as the starting quarterback over teacher (QB) Alex Smith, he and KingCrab established a monumental rapport between one another. During the Kaepernick takeover, KingCrab racked up 61 catches translating into 880 yards and eight touchdowns; capping off his regular season with an impressive 1,105 receiving yards. The addition of both Crabtree and Manningham would greatly compliment the Niners’ offensive backfield.
If Crabtree is activated after the 21 day time-frame, his first game would be against the St. Louis Rams on December 1st. Afterwards, Crabtree would be playing against Seattle’s “physical” secondary on December 8; which would be delineated as another classic (NFC) Western rivalry match-up.
Wide Receiving equation:
(WR) Michael Crabtree, (WR) Mario Manningham, (WR) Anquan Boldin, (TE) Vernon Davis = recipe for success
Nevertheless, this equation can’t take full effect, not unless Manningham and Crabtree are 100% “healthy” and “up-to-speed”.