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Projected Depth Chart: (1) Michael Crabtree, (2) Anquan Boldin, (3) Mario Manningham, (4) Kyle Williams, (5) A.J. Jenkins, (6) Quinton Patton, (7) Ricardo Lockette, (8) Chad Hall, (9) Joe Hastings, (10) Marlon Moore
In his fourth year as a pro, Michael Crabtree simply exploded, finally establishing himself as the dominant playmaking threat he was always held up to be. He launched his game to that next level, putting himself amongst the top receivers.
Unfortunately, Crabtree was relied on too much in 2012 and had little help from his supporting cast, which was largely injured or aging.
Between the free agency and draft periods, San Francisco revamped its receiving corps with under-the-radar acquisitions.
The two most notable additions are Anquan Boldin (acquired via trade) and Quinton Patton (acquired via draft). These two add a combination of strength, spectacular catch ability and big-play explosiveness to the receiving corps.
Boldin will be inserted as a starter opposite Crabtree with Manningham in the slot.
Meanwhile, Patton immediately becomes the player to watch in training camp this year, as he will look to push Manningham, Williams and Jenkins for an active slot on game day.
If they manage to stay affiliated with the team, Lockette, Hall, Hastings and Moore are going to be watching a lot of games in red 49ers hoodies.