After a strong showing in free agency and the NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers entered OTAs as likely Super Bowl favorites for the 2013 season. That is, until Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon.
I firmly believe the 49ers are still Super Bowl favorites. However, there are some who believe this will open the crack for the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks to catch up. That remains to be seen, though the Seahawks were already a viable contender whether Crabtree was healthy or not.
With few holes and weaknesses on the 49ers, get use to the hoopla surrounding Crabtree's injury. It's the nature of the business.
Despite the grim situation, there is a little light fans can look forward to.
The 49ers boast a few young guys at receiver, and with Crabtree likely missing most of the 2013 regular season, this gives the Niners a perfect chance to evaluate the position over the long and short term.
You can't replace Crabtree, but this young crop of 49ers receivers can bring different elements to the table.