Programming note: At 4:00 this afternoon watch the debut of 49ers Preview Show on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
SANTA CLARA -- There’s little doubt where Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin rank among the 49ers’ wide receivers.
“I’m pretty sure everybody already knows the bulk of it will be with Crab and Boldin, so we’re just fitting in right after that,” 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson said on Wednesday.
The 49ers rarely used three-wide receiver formations when the team was not on third down or in two-minute mode the past three seasons. But the 49ers have more flexibility this season with a stronger group of receivers.
“That remains to be seen,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “It’s week to week. It’s all about how does that match up against a particular team. We play quite a bit of empty. We probably use more tight formations than some people, and we haven’t lived in three wide receiver sets like some have.”
Johnson is coming off three 1,000-yard seasons in the past four years with the Buffalo Bills. Veteran Brandon Lloyd has impressed the 49ers’ coaching staff as he attempts to make a return to the NFL this season after a one-year hiatus. Young players Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington have also shown some promise.
The competition remains fierce for receiver roles behind the established starters.
[REWIND: Previewing the wide receivers]
“Whenever you get your opportunity, let’s make it work,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re all thinking. We have a lot of great players, a lot of good players that can make plays. Everybody can’t be on the field at once. So there are going to be times when you’re called upon and hopefully you show up.”