There was mounds of excitement that surrounded the San Francisco 49ers in the free-agent period after the initial push for some of the bigger names. It appeared at the time that the 49ers modo of "patience" paid off some as the team went out and filled the roster with several capable players that would fit into the new schemes.
The 49ers waited and waited and saw potential in Braylon Edwards, who has ties to new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Edwards has known Harbaugh since childhood, as the coach is friends with Edwards' father.
So far, Edwards has given Niners fans hope that there may finally, after years, be another true No. 1 receiver in red and gold.
However, this is not to say that Michael Crabtree, the 49ers' first-round draft pick from just a couple seasons ago, will not become a true No. 1 himself.
Both wide receivers do have some major obstacles standing in the way.
Edwards was involved in an incident at a bar in Michigan that could affect his playing status for the first couple of games. While Commissioner Goodell has not contacted the 49ers or coach Harbaugh, it is still likely that Edwards is going to receive some sort of suspension for violating league conduct policy.
Whether it's one or two games is still to be determined.
Michael Crabtree was a risky draft pick, but not because he had flaws in his game. Anyone who watched his last game against Texas knows that he has solid talent. Rather, in training for the draft, Crabtree fractured his left foot.
To this day, the left foot has been an issue. He has not participated in one training camp or full offseason to date. In this offseason, he tried to practice with the team during the lockout but re-injured that same left foot that's nagged him up to this point.
Crabtree has never missed a regular season game (other than during his holdout in his rookie year), but it's entirely possible that he may not be in position to push himself to go too soon.
So, with both of these factors in consideration, is it possible that neither wide receiver is ready to go by Week 1 against the Seahawks? I'd say it's a strong possibility.
I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but this is quite possibly a reality.
Eventually, we will see both of these guys on the field at the same time. However, that may not be until Week 3, 4, or 5—no one knows.
As fans, all we can do is hope that Crabtree is healed in time and has been soaking up everything like a sponge in meetings. With Edwards, we need to hope that Goodell shows some compassion and takes notice of Edwards' change in attitude under Jim Harbaugh.
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