Will Randy Moss start and play 16-plus games for the 49ers in 2012?
This should be the first question on everyone's minds. If the 49ers maintain a winning record as predicted, Moss should be the starting flanker for at least 16 games. He looks like he can still play, and all the reports surrounding him have been positive.
Will Crabtree thrive in his more physically-suited role as a split-end receiver?
Entering his fourth year, Crabtree is in a position to excel. The physical demands of the split-end receiver are more tailored to what Crabtree does best. With players like Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and Vernon Davis stretching the field, Crabtree will find himself open quite a bit underneath.
Is Manningham good enough to push Crabtree for time or make San Francisco come out of more three-plus WR sets?
There was the concern that the 49ers might change their offensive philosophy because of their personnel. It will probably happen to a degree, but with the means to make the 49ers a more efficient offense. Manningham is definitely expected to have a significant role in the passing game.
What does Kyle Williams have to do to win the people back? Will be rebound in 2012 or won't he? And what will be considered good enough?
Williams has taken the correct approach and seems to be getting better and better as a receiver. He is a good football player who many expect to rebound this year. Williams will have a short memory this year, taking it one game at a time, and hopefully, so will the fans.
Ted Ginn, Jr.
Over the offseason, Ginn added 10 pounds of upper-body strength to help him as a receiver. Will Ginn continue to get attempts on the offensive side of the ball?
Ginn added the upper-body strength seemingly to improve as a receiver off the line of scrimmage. He maintains that top speed, and now with a bigger frame, he should be pushed around a lot less. The staff might want to see how how it's effected him as a WR.
Considering the depth of the 49ers receiving corps, what sort of role can we expect first-rounder A.J. Jenkins to have as a rookie?
As a first round receiver, Jenkins won't be asked to shoulder the workload for the offense. He will be able to take a backseat, learn and be inserted in specific game situations.
How prevalent are Owusu's medical reports (concussions) when it comes to his evaluation on cut-down day? And can he show enough to at least earn a spot on the practice squad, assuming he does make not the final 53?
I'm sure it's a slight concern but if Owusu does enough, he can make the team. He's a Harbaugh guy from Stanford and has potential as a deep threat. If he doesn't make the final 53, he's a sure-fire lock for the practice squad.
Is Palmer making enough noise to sneak onto the final 53? If he has a brilliant exhibition, could Palmer be the player who edges out Ginn for a roster spot?
He's becoming the most regularly mentioned UDFA in Santa Clara, and for positive reasons. The Niners have added a lot of new faces in the past two offseasons with Harbaugh; the 49ers are not afraid to make decisions like that if it makes the team better.
Has Hastings made significant strides to hopefully provide talent on the practice squad in case of injury?
Hastings is a second-year receiver out of Washburn who has stuck around with the team since last year. The 49ers have added a lot of talent at the wide receiver position, so his immediate future is to be determined.
Starting now, can Tyms show enough potential to be the No. 1 practice squad WR to be called up if the Niners incur injury at the position?
Tyms certainly has potential and is a player to watch this preseason.
Is Brett Swain out of his league with the now-loaded 49ers receiving corps?
Swain was asked to step in for the 49ers last year when they were busted at WR. He didn't contribute much, but made a positive enough impression to remain with the team. Swain signed a one-year deal before the draft and could be expendable.
The final hand-picked UDFA receiver. Like Tyms, Palmer and Owusu, what can Nelson do between now and September 2 to secure a best possible scenario with the team?
It's up to one of these receivers to step up in game situations during the preseason and be heard. Nelson is no different; he can be a sleeper receiver or hope to earn a paycheck on the practice squad.