Originally posted by 49ersnum1:
1) Vernon Davis - After EVERYONE saw Vernon destroy both the Saints and Giants secondary in the playoffs, Im sure Harbaugh and Roman will both get Vernon off to a fast start during the season and will feed him the ball. In his last 3 games played in 2011 including the last game vs the Rams Vernon had a total of 18rec 410yds 4td ; a 22.8yds/catch average. With the new additions, it will only open more up for Vernon Davis. 2012 prediction: 77rec 1,190yds 14td
2) Michael Crabtree - Every season in his early career he has seen his yards per season go up. With a healthy offseason, more work with Alex, and more weapons to put Crabtree 1 on 1, I see this as the year where Michael puts his name in the elite WR category.. 2012 predcition: 85rec 1,052yds 8td
A bit optimistic, since it's tough to have two players both at 1000+ yards in a season. Of course, it's a passing league now... and both Crabtree and Davis each had about 800 yards receiving in a run-first offense, and Alex Smith only averaged 197 yards a game.
With another 400-500 passing yards over the course of the season, or an extra 20+ yards a game, that's a pretty good shot for Crabs and VD eclipsing 1000 yards.
Teams are gonna double Vernon Davis though, especially after seeing what he did to the Saints and Giants. The number-one focus will be to stop him, because clearly, Vernon Davis is a gamer and was *THE* offense for us in the playoffs. Until Crabtree and the other receivers step up, I imagine the staff will have to be very creative to get him the ball. Last year, teams were pretty good about taking the seam route away from Vernon, so by the time of the playoffs, Vernon was running more crossing routes and it worked out well.
As for Crabtree, there's no reason why he shouldn't be a 1000+ yard receiver. He's got Vernon Davis as a deep threat. Manningham, Moss, and/or A.J. Jenkins will probably be productive enough that Crabtree will probably be single-covered (albeit by the #1 corner). If he can't get decent production with single coverage, that's just lame.