Vernon Davis will likely be the greatest beneficiary of the return of Bill's offense, but the receivers that do the best have to have sure hands and get yards after the catch, because many of the plays are two or three yard passes that the receiver has to break open with their elusiveness and running skills. Once again it seems like Vernon Davis has the best opportunity and all the tools to be that next Shannon Sharpe/Brent Jones type WCO TE.
I hope Gore can acclimatize himself to this offense quickly by refining his receiving skills and running crisp routes. He should be seeing a greater variety of pass plays to him, probably more than he's ever had before. Roger Craig and Ricky Watters were utilized in almost ever imaginable way. The running back has arguably the most diverse role and involves an assorted array of passes thrown their way in a multitude of positions.
Like Jerry Rice mentioned, Crabtree will not be effective the way the offense predicates until he spends time practicing. With lack of off-season practice, timing is off, and the receiver can become a liability. In other words, without the training camp and preseason, Crabtree ideally should not see significant time until several weeks into the season. They have to be very careful, because a mistake prone receiver that doesn't have the timing precise can eventually cost a game or two with a few errors. This also makes the quarterback look bad, when it is in fact the receivers lack of preparation that leads to the bad result. Unfortunately, Crabtree is probably the most sure handed receiver in this group, although he hasn't established himself as a serious YAC threat yet. This puts a lot of responsibility on Edwards to be the primary target, with the perceived lack of other highly skilled players at that position. If Morgan and/or Ginn can lift their game and make it consistent, the season could go quite nicely.
[ Edited by 49erDynasty on Aug 11, 2011 at 1:32 AM ]