On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, it was reported that San Francisco 49ers star receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles, per Mike Garafolo of USA Today. This is a shocking development and a colossal blow to the reigning NFC champions.
In what was a milestone campaign for the former first-rounder from Texas Tech, Crabtree thrived in a way with new quarterback Colin Kaepernick that can only be described as metaphysical.
After three years of mediocrity, No. 15 made a quantum leap of his game, leading many to believe this was just the start of a marvelous career. This injury will be a significant setback for Crabtree, who might miss the 2013 season.
If Michael Crabtree is out with torn Achilles, time is NOW for AJ Jenkins and Quinton Patton to come alive. Need Mario Manningham back soon
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) May 22, 2013
Consequently, this puts 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff in an arduous position with OTAs already underway. The organization was counting on having their players—particularly Crabtree, who was a key component.
Going forward, San Francisco may look to add an extra veteran body in camp.
Before you proceed through the following slides, be forewarned, the crop of remaining free agents isn’t pretty—especially for wide receivers. The well has pretty much dried up, which has left a group of questionable pickups.
Regardless, the 49ers are out a wide receiver and necessitate a fill-in to one degree or another.