In recent years, the San Francisco 49ers have not had a strong receiving corps. Whether it was because of injuries or players not panning out, the 49ers just have not been able to field a admirable group of receivers for a long period of time. However, this year looks to be different.
For the first time in what seems like forever, the 49ers seem to have surplus of wide receivers on the roster. Each one of them has a shot of making the roster, and hopefully, an impact on the field.
In the last two years the 49ers have only carried five wide receivers on the roster. With players like Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Johnson seemingly locks for the roster, there are a few question marks about the final remaining spots.
It’s no surprise that the 49ers haven’t carried very many receivers in recent years, especially when one compares the lack of talent at WR to the amount of talent that the team has at other positions. It may not be the same case this year.
Along with the three mentioned earlier, the 49ers also have players like Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Kassim Osgood all fighting to make the roster. It is very possible that the 49ers carry more than five receivers this year because of all of the talent they now have on the outside.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone if the 49ers decide to carry more than five receivers onto the final roster. For the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era, the 49ers have the personnel to make defenses truly worry about the passing game.
The 49ers seem to have finally shored up the weak spot on the offensive side of the ball. Colin Kaepernick finally has an adequate amount of weapons to attack defenses with, and in the brutal NFC West division, they are going to need all the help on offense they can get.