• By Jason Giese
    Mar 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM 10 comments
    I must admit, I didn't think Michael Crabtree was going to amount to anything. He seemed like he was going to be one of those players where the potential would never be realized. Crabtree's progression over the past two seasons is changing my mind. It makes me wonder what Crabtree could do if the 49ers had a solid number two wide receiver. Even if the second wide receiver had a similar skill set, it would take some heat off of Crabtree. It is possible someone on the current roster will blossom in the 2013 season. Mario Manningham seemed like the most likely player to fill the number two wideout position. After tearing his ACL and PCL, he faces an uphill battle just get back to full speed. Fortunately for Manningham, we live in a modern age of medicine. Players like Gale...
  • By Jason Giese
    Feb 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM 3 comments
    The NFL Combine starts tomorrow (Feb 23), which means the NFL Draft is right around the corner. The 49ers don't have any glaring needs for their starting positions, unless they lose Dashon Goldson. Their biggest area of need is depth on the defensive line, and to groom a replacement for Justin Smith. I'm a firm believer that games are won and lost in the trenches. The 49ers didn't do a good job of rotating players on their defensive line. Last season, Ray McDonald and Justin Smith were both in the top 5 of number of snaps by defensive players. McDonald and Smith were #3 and #4, respectively. The lack of depth compounded with Justin Smith's injury negatively affected the defense at the end of the season. The 49ers defense was only able to generate 4 sacks in the post season....
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