The 49ers are acting fast. The one negative that came out of their 48-3 blowout win over the Buccaneers on Sunday was that receiver Josh Morgan injured his ankle. Morgan will likely miss most, if not all, of the rest of the 2011 season.
San Francisco's receivers have had a rough season. Michael Crabtree missed the first two games. The three games that San Francisco played in Crabtree's return were by far the best games for the 49ers offense.
Now, Crabtree is playing well, but he has no proven receiver on the other side of him.
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Aaron Wilson of RavensInsider is reporting that San Francisco is moving quick to try to replace the fallen Morgan.
Houshmandzadeh is a fine option for the 49ers. It's true that 2010 was less than stellar, but Houshmandzadeh was one of the NFL's most consistent receivers for the six years before that.
But for 49ers' fans, there is another intriguing possibility. Backup tight end Delanie Walker has also been rumored to be getting more playing time with Morgan's injury.
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CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach was one of several people to report that more formations with both Walker and Vernon Davis are possible.
Walker is a good receiver. He and Davis on the field at the same time is actually something that needs strong consideration. For one, both Davis and Walker run well. They are tight ends, but are two of the fastest runners on the team.
They are also both big men.
The 49ers have clearly gotten better in recent weeks, as their running game has gotten better. They have often brought in a lineman to play tight end. But the problem is that when that happens, it really tips their hand. If Walker and Davis are both on the field, the defenses need to respect the pass.
If they don't, Davis and Walker are both legitimate down field threats.
So, I am not opposed to Houshmandzadeh. But the 49ers do have a huge physical advantage in Walker and Davis.
They would be well-advised to take advantage of that and have both men on the field.