Wide receiver appeared to be a monumental issue entering training camp. However, the 49ers currently appear to be jam-packed with depth at the position.
Fourth-round draft pick Quinton Patton caught six passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns in his two preseason games, shredding defenses and lighting up the stat sheet. The passionate receiver has a great connection with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and he could play a big role in 2013.
Anquan Boldin is guaranteed to play a big role at wide receiver, and tight end Vernon Davis could see some snaps there as well. The physical Jon Baldwin, who was acquired in a trade with Kansas City, could complement Boldin and Davis as well. He accrued four receptions in his two preseason games with San Francisco, totaling 34 yards.
With Baldwin, Boldin, Patton, Marlon Moore—who also impressed in the preseason—and Kyle Williams at wide receiver, the 49ers don't appear to have any problems.
Boldin is an exceptional player, Baldwin can use his physicality to haul passes in, Williams consistently thrived in training camp, Moore has solid speed and impressed in the preseason and Patton can connect with Kaepernick for deep completions.
If Patton carries over his preseason performance, and if Williams, Moore or Baldwin can come through with receptions, it would greatly benefit the 49ers. Mario Manningham will return soon, and Michael Crabtree will be back—so the receiving corps will be extremely strong by the end of the season.
And thanks to some impressive performances, we know that the group will be strong in Week 1.