Starting WRs set, but 49ers still need speed

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Starting WRs set, but 49ers still need speed
March 4, 2014, 7:30 am
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Brandin Cooks would be an explosive addition to Greg Roman's offense, but the 49ers may need to trade up to be in a position to draft the Oregon State product. (USATSI)

With the official return of Anquan Boldin, the 49ers have their two starting wide receivers back on the team.

It’s highly unlikely they will draft a wide receiver to unseat Boldin or Michael Crabtree in the 49ers' 2014 lineup, but that does not diminish the need for a younger, faster player to implement into Greg Roman’s offense.

The 49ers’ offense was dynamic late in the 2012 season. And although Randy Moss did not post impressive stats en route to the Super Bowl, he served the important role of being Randy Moss. Defenses respected his speed on the outside, which helped open things up for the run game and Crabtree.

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Last season, there was no speedster on the outside to prevent defenses from stacking the box and playing press coverage on the outside.

So the 49ers still need a wide receiver from the draft. And guys who can run, such as Brandin Cooks, Donte Moncrief, Paul Richardson, Martavis Bryant and Jordan Matthews, are certain to get consideration from the 49ers.

And, maybe, Quinton Patton takes the next step to solidify his spot as a contributor. He will compete with, more than likely, a rookie to serve as the third wideout and also get onto the field in more two-receiver sets to stretch the defense.

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Crabtree is entering the final year of his contract. Boldin signed for two seasons with the 49ers.

As much as the 49ers expect Boldin to continue to be productive on the field, it was important for them to bring him back and show any newcomers over the next two seasons what being a professional is all about.

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