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49ers list Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree as starting receivers

Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss AP

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh may say he has five No. 1 receivers, but only two of them are listed as starters on the 49ers’ depth chart: Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree.

The 49ers released their official depth chart today, and Moss and Crabtree are the top receivers. Crabtree was last year’s No. 1 receiver, so he was expected to be a starter again this year, and the fact that Moss is listed as the other starter bolsters the many reports out of San Francisco this year that Moss looks like he’s in shape and eager to prove that he still has something left.

Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham are listed as the second string receivers, while Ted Ginn and first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins are third string. The fact that Jenkins is listed as third string means it’s a real possibility that he won’t even dress on game days, at least if all five of the other receivers on the roster are healthy. Although Harbaugh has publicly defended Jenkins this offseason, he can’t be happy about the possibility of a first-round pick who isn’t even good enough to be active on Sundays.

But Harbaugh has to be happy with Moss. After a year away from football that followed a year in which three teams gave up on him, Moss is a starter again.

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59 Responses to “49ers list Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree as starting receivers”
  1. tshirttom says: Sep 4, 2012 3:03 PM

    It’s a shame they have no one to throw them the football. Moss might surprise

  2. goldrush36 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:03 PM

    C’mon is this really a surprise? I said all along no way Manningham would start in SF either. I hope this works out though. I am still having a hard time buying Moss suddenly being all about team first. I believe he has mellowed out but I’m not so sure he will be an angel lol

  3. sj39 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:04 PM

    The joke is on Niner fans and all the “experts” picking them to win.

  4. dbones750 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:04 PM

    take the ball deep, take the top off the defense

  5. EJ says: Sep 4, 2012 3:05 PM

    On paper, the Niners look pretty damn good.

  6. ike1973 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    Yep, 5 number one receivers and 3 number two quarterbacks. I can already tell how this one’s going to end.

  7. phelbin says: Sep 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    I’m calling it now…you guys are about to see something special out of this offense! Alex Smith will no longer be known as a game manager. Moss, Crabtree, Davis, Gore, etc, etc. It’s gonna be a good year!

  8. edggy1 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:10 PM

    Looks good to me … Packers fans are going to hate us this week , but love us when they destroy the Lions for them …!!

  9. 49ersgiants4life says: Sep 4, 2012 3:10 PM

    Alex smith is going to surprise a lot of people this year I love how people still bag on him he has the potential to do what he did against the saints

  10. rodgers419 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:11 PM

    At the end of the day their quarterback is still Alex Smith.

  11. radrntn says: Sep 4, 2012 3:12 PM

    but the fact is the listed alex smith as their starting qb….plus they play a real schedule this year.

  12. scoops1 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:15 PM

    Will randy moon the crowd if he scores???

  13. randallflagg52 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:15 PM

    Where are all those 9er fans who said AJ Jenkins wasn’t the biggest draft reach in a decade? Pretty sad when Ted Ginn is a better option.

  14. niners816 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:15 PM

    I love when people bash on Alex Smith. He isn’t the fanciest qb, and yeah he has looked bad but now he has the same coordinators for consecutive years. Not saying they will go 13-3 because the schedule is tougher but at least give him a chance under the same coordinators before bashing him. I think he’ll do even better this year IMO. Go Niners!!

  15. j0esixpack says: Sep 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    Ummm – no teams gave up on Randy Moss.

    Randy Moss gave up on them, and got two coaches fired in the process.

    The fact is that Randy plays hard only when he wants to – and apparently he didn’t want to in 2010 because he couldn’t produce even in a contract year when he had everything to gain.

    The 49ers have been forewarned. Should things turn difficult for Randy or the team, we already know Moss will not respond well, and will likely give up, especially once he has been paid.

  16. illinininer says: Sep 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    Jenkins was drafted for the future. 49ers don’t use 4 WR sets so it just means prefer Manningham as the No. 3 reciever this year. I think Jenkins has played well, all these negative reports about him are overblown.

  17. goldrush36 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    sj39 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:04 PM

    The joke is on Niner fans and all the “experts” picking them to win.

    _______________________________________

    Actually the joke is on the Rams…. like EVERY YEAR

  18. hummer53 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:21 PM

    “5 number 1 receivers”. Jeez, how much bigger can Harbaugh”s head get?

  19. joe23haas says: Sep 4, 2012 3:22 PM

    Packers 37 49ers 13

  20. damon089 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:22 PM

    People still counting Alex Smith out? Typical. Even after last year LOL.

  21. direwolf748 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:23 PM

    AJ Jenkins isn’t even good enough to be active on Sundays or do the 49ers have to much talent at WR now?

  22. justintuckrule says: Sep 4, 2012 3:25 PM

    What an atrocious offense. They’d be in better shape if they dug up Montana and Rice.

  23. Corey Jeppesen says: Sep 4, 2012 3:30 PM

    Went un-drafted in my 12 team fantasy draft. Just picked him up!

  24. getadealdonealready says: Sep 4, 2012 3:31 PM

    What’s the old saying…..”if you have 5 then you don’t have 1″

  25. kleppnasty says: Sep 4, 2012 3:40 PM

    “Except they have a real schedule this year…”

    I love this one, what exactly was easy about their schedule last year. They traded the AFC North for the AFC East (Got a little easier) and the NFC East for the NFC North (Got a little bit tougher). So essentially it’s the same schedule except they replaced Tampa with New Orleans, so yes, they have one harder game, but that isn’t drastic. Fact is, they played @ Det, Cincy and Bal and had home games against NYG, Pitt. So that’s wins in four of five playoff.

  26. norcalmafia says: Sep 4, 2012 3:40 PM

    Im a Niner fan but have got no faith in Smith..He plays scared and always looks to checkdown..Im looking forward to seeing Kaepernick.Hes got a hell of an arm and keeps plays alive when Alex would just throw it away…Not to mention he takes shots down the field.

  27. dbones750 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:41 PM

    @damono89

    Get used to it. People still hate on Eli, and he’s 2 SB MVP’s ahead of Alex.

  28. sb44champs says: Sep 4, 2012 3:42 PM

    49ersgiants4life says:
    Sep 4, 2012 3:10 PM
    Alex smith is going to surprise a lot of people this year I love how people still bag on him he has the potential to do what he did against the saints
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    Yeah, I don’t know too many other teams that have as scripted a defense as the one Greg Williams put out last year for the Saints so your point is mute.. Saints D last year = GARBAGE!!!
    …And we still were one play away from hosting the NFCChamp game… look out this year!!!!!!

  29. citynative says: Sep 4, 2012 3:44 PM

    @randallflagg52 says:

    Where are all those 9er fans who said AJ Jenkins wasn’t the biggest draft reach in a decade? Pretty sad when Ted Ginn is a better option.
    – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
    I don’t know what team you root for, but the Niners do this called develop their players. Maybe you have heard of it. They have coaches who know how to use them. Were Justin Smith, Carlos Rodgers, and Ahmad Brooks good on their original teams? Did you hear of NaVorro Bowman, DaShon Goldson, and others in their first year or two in the league after the Niners drafted them? Jenkins is smart, fast, and has good hands. They will develop him under their other wideouts until he’s ready.

  30. brooklynniner19 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:50 PM

    “Where are all those 9er fans who said AJ Jenkins wasn’t the biggest draft reach in a decade? Pretty sad when Ted Ginn is a better option.”

    What the hell are you talking about? its sad that red Ginn Jr is in the same position as a rookie, not the other way around dweeb! JM will implement Jenkins into the game plan when he needs to. You were probably the same hater who said Aldon Smith was a reach last year huh? LOL 14 sacks his rookie year. oouuccch!! ;) Go 9ers

  31. trollaikman8 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:03 PM

    8-8 in a weak division.

  32. 5niner says: Sep 4, 2012 4:06 PM

    @citynative – perfectly said!

    There are some not smart people out there. Here are their favorite dumb arguments:

    The 49ers had an easy schedule. – the niners played AFC north and NFC east last year and was 6-2. Those are considered the two toughest division in football. Plus we beat a playoff bound Lions team and a competitive 7-9 and 8-8 team in our division.

    The niners have no QB. – 3100 yds, 17 Tds and only 5 ints. I’m good with that considering Aikman only threw for more than 17tds twice in his HOF career.

    Niners reached for A.J. Jenkins. Most receivers struggle in their first couple years so why would we throw him out there when we don’t need to. And Ginn is listed higher because he’s the starting returner idiots.

  33. rameyag says: Sep 4, 2012 4:09 PM

    The real question isn’t Moss, but whether Smith can get the ball down the field to him in a timely and accurate manner. If he can’t, Moss has a tendency to check out mentally.

  34. kidpresentable says: Sep 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    “Alex smith is going to surprise a lot of people this year I love how people still bag on him he has the potential to do what he did against the saints”

    Psst, the Saints defense wasn’t that good (24th in yards, 13th in PPG, 31st in takeaways, 32nd in covering up bounty programs).

  35. football101niners says: Sep 4, 2012 4:17 PM

    I understand Alex smith doesn’t have the best arm but did Joe Montana? Even though the NFL is turning into two hand touch it’s still about team chemistry and how bad you will sell out for your teammates. After smith went through 6 different coordinators, took heat from everyone, and stayed faithful to the niners, you think he doesn’t have his teammates selling out for him. The niners may not play the passing game like the rest of the league but let’s be real niners, ravens and steelers are still the teams handing out that good old physical ass kicking we all used to love

  36. voiceofrealism says: Sep 4, 2012 4:23 PM

    Have a safety level Moss on his first deep route.
    He won’t do another thing for the rest of the game.

  37. alexjm3449 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:29 PM

    Randy Mo is playing GB week 1…. 100yds 2tds

  38. crimhollingsworth says: Sep 4, 2012 4:31 PM

    San Francisco and Seattle have the same exact schedule except for:
    49ers play giants and saints
    Seahawks play Carolina and dallas

    I’m not sure why people think SF having a tough schedule = Sea having an easy schedule.

  39. kidpresentable says: Sep 4, 2012 4:33 PM

    “Randy Mo is playing GB week 1…. 100yds 2tds”

    The last time he did anything significant against Green Bay, Moss was 27 years old.

  40. 49erstim says: Sep 4, 2012 4:40 PM

    Jenkins=Drafted for the future/ Moss insurance. Stop hating.

  41. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:40 PM

    Randy Mo is playing GB week 1…. 100yds 2tds

    u do realize that alex smith is throwing the ball to him, and moss is a deep threat type of reciever, so take away the 2td’s and 70 yards off it and say 30 yards recieving, now there i fixed yr mistake!!!

  42. rickthefactor says: Sep 4, 2012 4:40 PM

    @norcalmafia

    I bet you weren’t thinking he plays scared in the playoffs against the saints? Enough with this Kaepernick stuff. The guy had ONE good preseason game in the last game against, with no pressure because people tend not to blitz in the preseason. He may have a cannon to throw with, but the guy flat out is not ready.

  43. sclazo says: Sep 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    49ers are a joke just like the gay city they are from. One good season in the past 15 doesn’t mean shiat. Thier QB is horrible and won’t be soucky this year.

  44. mjkelly77 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:07 PM

    8-8. Hairbough’s head is going to explode this there. He’ll be punching everyone in the back and then running away.

  45. mumferd says: Sep 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    One CLAP
    Get your #84 jerseys out

  46. aces79 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    All these Weapons and no QB to throw to them what a shame i luv the niners but dame Alex Smith sux

  47. billh1947 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:21 PM

    Randy Moss is back,hide the women ,children and all the caterers he may come in contact with.cant wait until he starts his bitching about not getting the ball enough and resurrects his me first attitude,this aint after all the Patriots.

  48. 49erstim says: Sep 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    it seems like the assumptions here are that every team except for San Fran got better. 13-3 again? probably not, but I wouldn’t say it is out of the question. Definately double-digit wins though. There are not enough actual football fans on this site that can speak unbiased about all 32 teams. There are a few of us here, but we’ve been overrun by jagoffs like sclazo.

  49. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 4, 2012 7:11 PM

    That is one lame group of starting wide receivers.
    Nothing special.

    San Fran will be back to mediocrity after this year. I hate Green Bay but the Packers are gonna embarrass the Niners. Then week 2, the Lions will embarrass the Niners. The key word here is OVERRATED.

    At the end of the day, Harbaugh still is a douche bag and the Niners are average at best.

  50. mgdsquiggy17 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:27 PM

    “Where are all those 9er fans who said AJ Jenkins wasn’t the biggest draft reach in a decade? Pretty sad when Ted Ginn is a better option.”

    What is pretty sad is you are already declaring he was the biggest reach in a decade when he has yet to even get his career started. Let me ask you what else your crystal ball is telling you?

  51. beerbratscheese says: Sep 4, 2012 8:13 PM

    Let’s take a look at these receivers:

    1) Randy Moss. Has done NOTHING the last two years. Two years he destroyed all three teams he was on. Nobody even wanted him last year.

    Look at all of his QB he’s played with, and Alex Smith looks mostly like Kerry Collins. But now Moss is seven years older and has most likely lost a step.

    2) Michael Crabtree. Tons of upside, but not mature enough to dedicate himself to football and has underwhelmed EVERY season so far. Maybe Moss can take him under his wings (LOL).

    3) Mario Manningham. He put up pretty good numbers as the third WR in NY, but if he can’t pass Crabtree with a stronger work ethic, I don’t see him repeating those numbers with Smith throwing to him.

    4) Ted Ginn is a poor, poor poor man’s Devin Hester. He’s a return guy being used as a receiver, and he’s not a very good one.

    5) Kyke Williams. Who? Seriously, who is this guy?

    6) AJ Jenkins. Seriously, if he can’t play himself onto this roster he CAN’T be that good.

  52. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Sep 4, 2012 8:24 PM

    They were good last year due to a relentless defense, a conservative offense that didn’t turn the ball over and kick ass year from Akers kicking FGs. They played to Smith’s strengths.

    My concern with them this year is that they force the ball more downfield with Smith. Not sure the turnovers don’t go up as a result and I’m not convinced Smith will consistently make teams pay.

    They are solid upfront and have the most physical front seven in football and were a great tackling team last year.

    They will win the division (11-5ish).

  53. football101niners says: Sep 4, 2012 8:25 PM

    @lionsdraft guy
    Glad you made yourself look like a clown saying there going to be embarrassed, when last season did that defense ever get embarrassed? Not once and their returning every starter. Whether they win or loose there’s not a chance in he’ll they get blown out or as you say embarassed!

  54. sixjak says: Sep 4, 2012 8:36 PM

    sclazo says:
    Sep 4, 2012 5:02 PM
    49ers are a joke just like the gay city they are from. One good season in the past 15 doesn’t mean shiat. Thier QB is horrible and won’t be soucky this year.

    How predictable that your vapid point is made even dumber by bigotry and illiteracy.

  55. randallflagg52 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:36 PM

    mgdsquiggy17 says:
    Sep 4, 2012 7:27 PM
    “Where are all those 9er fans who said AJ Jenkins wasn’t the biggest draft reach in a decade? Pretty sad when Ted Ginn is a better option.”

    What is pretty sad is you are already declaring he was the biggest reach in a decade when he has yet to even get his career started. Let me ask you what else your crystal ball is telling you?

    =================================

    A first round pick who can’t even get above the likes of Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams, Crabtree and the WR once known as Randy Moss. You figure just based on draft status he’d be higher.

    But just for fun, name me a bigger reach this past decade. The worst I can think of was DHB (who in hindsight was the right pick), but DHB was at least a projected first round pick. The highest I saw Jenkins projected was round 3.

  56. pa9erfan says: Sep 4, 2012 9:27 PM

    harbaugh is a near genius…. keep talking about the wrs and just maybe the d coordinators will forget you are a running team with a huge defense.. alex smith is good enough to do what he did last year and has better wideouts to play with… the 9ers are bound for a first round bye and likely a long run to feb… great coaching!!!

  57. tigershark49 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:07 PM

    AJ Jenkins needs time. He gets open regularly. He’s got speed. Stay healthy and there might be a career there.

  58. kissbillsrings says: Sep 4, 2012 10:09 PM

    The niners had 5 different offensive coordinators the 1st 5 years Alex Smith was there… Now he’s working the same system 2 years in a row with a head coach that believes and supports him.. I bet with all his weapons and a young and improving front line he’ll be darn good & having a motivated Randy Moss is nothing to scoff at…49ers could be real scary this year… Anyone talking crap Is just nervous of the potential & this is from a Patriots fan who hears the same crap from so many other teams fans year after year…

  59. ninerdynasty says: Sep 4, 2012 11:18 PM

    sj39 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:04 PM

    The joke is on Niner fans and all the “experts” picking them to win.
    —————————————————–
    You mean that they are trying to run the same joke they ran on the Rams last year? sound like your feelings are still hurt.. troll..

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