Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is out until late in the season and Mario Maningham is out for at least the first six weeks for the San Francisco 49ers. Sunday’s available receivers Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore have combined to catch just 47 passes for 705 yards in their careers.
If it sounds like the 49ers are thin at receiver to begin the season, it’s because they are. But veteran and undisputed leader of the wide receiver corp, Anquan Boldin, has something to say to the doubters out there.
In an interview with csnbayarea.com and 49ers beat reporter Matt Maiocco, Boldin speaks about the talent level at receiver:
“They’re talented,” Boldin said on Friday “You’ll see for yourself come Sunday and each game that we play. Those guys are definitely going to make plays. They’re ready to make their mark on this league. I’m not worried about them at all.
“We got a lot of weapons. Even though we have some guys out with injuries, we still got a lot of guys who can make plays on the field.”
In addition to missing two of their top receivers, the 49ers will be without the versatile LaMichael James for Sunday’s regular season opener at Candlestick Park against the Green Bay Packers. Tight end Vernon Davis, Boldin, running backs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter, in addition to the inexperienced wide receivers will have to shoulder a larger load than usual.
The talent that Anquan Boldin attests to will be on full display and tested right away this season; the 49ers open up with back-to-back games against conference rivals Green Bay and the Seattle Seahawks (in Seattle).