The wait is finally over. On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers finally activated the cunning fifth-year wideout Michael Crabtree from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list after his daunting right Achilles injury on May 21st. Promoting “KingCrab” to the 53-man roster gives the play-making spark-plug an opportunity to “test the waters” against the St. Louis Rams come Dec. 1st. Adding Crabtree into this unpredictable 49er offense will give the red and gold another element to their aerial approach. Complimenting the presence of Crabtree are the following receivers: the vigorous Superbowl veteran (WR) Anquan Boldin, the Super (WR) Mario Manningham, and one of the fastest tight-ends to play the game (TE) Vernon Davis.
The Niners still remain at the bottom of the league in regards to the passing attack down the field and on the preeminent 3rd down conversions. Boldin and Davis are the only two viable receivers in the wide-receiving department who have recorded multiple touchdowns in the end zone. This season Davis has caught 38 receptions for a total of 623 yards, and 9 glorious touchdowns. Contrarily, Boldin inked 52 receptions for a decent 724 yards, including 5 TD’s. Boldin has never played side-by-side with the 49er’s young dynamo ever before. It’ll be quite interesting to see what this ultimate wide-receiving tandem can offer to the west coast offense. For the majority of the (2013-2014) season, (QB) Colin Kaepernick couldn’t materialize any kind of positive yardage out of (WR) Kyle Williams, (WR) Jon Baldwin, and (WR/ST) Kassim Osgood. However, a glimmer of hope still surrounds the product out of Louisiana Tech University, (WR) Quinton Patton, who is still recovering from a troublesome foot injury. Overall, with the addition of Crabtree, the rookie quarterback now possesses a laundry list of dependable receivers to throw to; Davis, Boldin, Crabtree. Furthermore, he has receivers who have the potential to pick up the pieces as well; Manningham, (TE) Vance McDonald, and (FB) Bruce Miller. The complexity of this Jim Harbaugh/ Greg Roman offense just got elevated to a whole other level.
Throughout the (2012-2013) season, the (6’1, 214 lb.) Texas Tech superstar had 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns. Immediately, after coach Harbaugh switched (QB) Alex Smith to the cannon-armed Kaepernick during the postseason; Crabtree’s production on the field skyrocketed to amazing heights.
This Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park, Coach Harbaugh anticipates his golden receiver to play against the Rams who are now sitting at a (5-6) record in the NFC West Division. Next Sunday, the Niners face their division rivals (Seattle Seahawks) for the second time, enveloping yet another quintessential bout between two championship-hungry organizations.
Coming back from a devastating Achilles injury (tear), can Crabtree play with that winning mentality?
Will the 49ers’ (2012) premier receiver regain his full-fledged confidence on the field?