The San Francisco 49ers have concerns at the wide receiver position. They lost Michael Crabtree to a torn Achilles in May. The 49ers have put Crabtree on the physically unable to perform list, that will force him to sit out till at least the sixth week of the NFL season.
But the Niners are saying that Crabtree’s recovery is going well and he looks ahead of schedule.
“(I) wouldn’t categorize it as ‘ahead of schedule’ because he’s just starting to move on it,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said, via the Sacramento Bee. “It’s just been healing so far. But it looks great. And that’s in the words of the doctors, so, again, optimistic there.”
Wide receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are on the PUP list as well. The Niners traded for former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin and have reportedly been using Vernon Davis at wide receiver in practice.
Otherwise the snap load will go to a group of unproven and relatively unknown receivers: A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore.
“I really feel like they’re making a lot of progress,” Harbaugh said of his group of young receivers. “I feel good about where that stands right now.”