ESPN's Mike Sando wonders if now that Walker is gone, and Boldin is a 49er, we don't see more 3 WR sets and less 2 TE sets. Last year, on first and second down combined, we averaged 2 TE sets on 63% of our plays, while the league as a whole averaged 38%.
With Kapernick's stronger arm, he throws into tight windows further downfield than Smith. As a result, Crabtree's and to some extent, Davis' production went up.
Boldin, a wonderful possession receiver and one of the best blockers, covers some of the same route territory as a second TE.
Going forward, we want to surround Kapernick with weapons that play to his strengths. Perhaps we will see more 3 WR sets this year?
[ Edited by mebemused on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM ]