The San Francisco 49ers are expected to sign another veteran wide receiver in River Cracraft.
An undrafted free agent back in 2018, Cracraft has spent the last two years with the Denver Broncos splitting time between the active roster and the practice squad.
However, he’s primarily seen work as a special-teamer — particularly as a return man — as he has just one catch to his name. That catch came back in the 2018 season final where he hauled in a 44-yard reception.
Cracraft played in eight games that season, but appeared in just one this past year. The Southern California native returned 12 punts for 40 yards in 2018 and also returned three kicks for 43 yards that same season.
Ultimately, the 49ers hope that Cracraft can provide depth to an extremely thin receiving corps.
The 49ers expect River Cracraft to provide additional depth.
The 49ers also lost 2019 third-round pick Jalen Hurd for the season with a torn ACL. The former Tennessee running back has yet to play in an NFL game and will have to wait until at least 2021 to hopefully make his professional debut.
Veteran wideout Travis Benjamin opted-out before training camp began and now rookie first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
The 49ers arse desperate for wide receiver help.
The team already signed the likes of Tavon Austin, J.J. Nelson, and Jaron Brown prior to the addition of Cracraft. They join a thinning receiving corps that also features the likes of Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, and Trent Taylor — among others.
Of those three, the only one who had a consistent role in the offense last season was Bourne.
Cracraft at least provides the 49ers with more stability at the position. And it’s clear that the team saw something in the 25-year-old electing to sign him over the likes of Justin Hardy, Kevin White, and Johnny Holton who also worked out with the team.
Be on the lookout for any additional 49ers signings at the wide receiver position in the coming days.