San Francisco 49ers: Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree Listed as Starters
The San Francisco 49ers had a solid offensive in 2011, but no one would confuse their passing game with an explosive one. Part of that had to do with some limitations to quarterback Alex Smith and the offensive philosophy, but a lot of it also had to do with a lack of talent and production out of the team’s wide receivers.
It looks like both could change in 2012, which in turn could make the 49ers a passing offense to fear. An important part of making that happen was getting the old Randy Moss to show up after signing a one-year “prove it” deal.
With Moss and Michael Crabtree topping the wide receiver depth chart in San Francisco, it looks like the passing game is well on it’s way to a positive make-over.
Moss has reportedly been nothing but a stand-up veteran throughout OTAs and minicamp, and has thoroughly impressed teammates, coaches and even the local San Francisco media.
CSN Bay Area‘s Matt Maiocco covers the 49ers as good as anyone and has come away equally as impressed as Moss’s teammates, saying that this offseason “could not have gone any better” for Moss.
On paper, Moss will line up as the number two receiver, hypothetically taking the top off of defenses, stretching the field and offering an elite red-zone threat. That would leave Crabtree as the main possession receiver and free agent acquisition Mario Manningham operating out of the slot.
Rookie wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who was recently signed, would operate behind Moss and currently figures to be a situational deep threat option. And of course there’s tight end Vernon Davis, who joins Moss as a tough to cover red-zone option, as well as a reliable possession receiver.
Needless to say, the 49ers’ new-look pass attack is shaping up to be potentially formidable, as they can strike defenses in a number of ways, from all over the field.
But that’s just on paper. The rest may fall on quarterback Alex Smith and whether he can run this offense and help it perform to it’s highest potential.
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