Dissecting the 49ers' options at wide receiver
"(It's) a real good chance for some young guys to emerge and get some reps and contribute." -- Jim Harbaugh (AP)
A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette will compete during the remainder of the 49ers' offseason program to replace injured Michael Crabtree, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday on 95.7 The Game.
"We'll put Jenkins, Patton, Ricardo Lockette at the same position and let them compete and emerge," Harbaugh said on the O'Connell and Steinmetz show.
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"The good news is somebody will emerge because they have to. Then on the other side, Anquan Boldin, Chad Hall . . . Marlon Moore has been doing some really nice things in the offseason. Joe Hastings will compete on the other side."
Crabtree, who underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right Achilles tendon, is expected to miss most of the regular season. The 49ers have two other wide receivers, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams, who have been unable to practice in the offseason due to knee injuries.
"Kyle Williams eventually will come back from his injury," Harbaugh said. "He's doing real well, coming along very nicely. And Mario Manningham (is) probably a little bit later than Kyle, but he's on track to be healed up and ready to go, as well.
"(It's) a real good chance for some young guys to emerge and get some reps and contribute. I very much anticipate that will happen."