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Jim Harbaugh: Someone will emerge in Crabtree’s place

Jim Harbaugh, Michael Crabtree, A. J. Jenkins AP

With last year’s leading receiver, Michael Crabtree, out an estimated six months with a torn Achilles tendon, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he’s confident someone will step up to fill the void.

Harbaugh isn’t totally sure who that “someone” will be, though.

Harbaugh said on 95.7 The Game that he believes the most likely candidates to take Crabtree’s place in the offense are last year’s first-round pick A.J. Jenkins and this year’s fourth-round pick Quinton Patton as well as Ricardo Lockette, who has never played in a game for the 49ers but spent most of last year on the roster and has reportedly looked good in practices.

“We’ll put Jenkins, Patton, Ricardo Lockette at the same position and let them compete and emerge,” Harbaugh said. “The good news is that somebody will emerge because they have to.”

Harbaugh also said he believes the 49ers have a lot of depth at the receiver position.

“Then on the other side, Anquan Boldin, Chad Hall, Marlon Moore has been doing some really nice things in the offseason,” Harbaugh said. “Joe Hastings will compete on the other side. Kyle Williams eventually will come back from his injury. He’s doing real well, coming along very nicely. And Mario Manningham — probably a little bit later than Kyle, but he’s on track to be healed up and ready to go, as well. A real good chance for some young guys to emerge, get some reps and contribute. I very much anticipate that will happen.”

For the 49ers, it needs to happen. Crabtree was the 49ers’ best wide receiver and a big reason that Colin Kaepernick settled into the starting quarterback job so smoothly last year. He won’t be easy to replace, but the 49ers have no choice but to find someone who can do it.

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79 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh: Someone will emerge in Crabtree’s place”
  1. getadealdonealready says: May 24, 2013 8:50 PM

    No worries they have 5 #1 WR’s that’s what he said last year!

  2. classactcalvin81 says: May 24, 2013 8:51 PM

    Yea and I’m gonna grow wings and fly too. Besides Crab they have no Wide outs bunch of 3rd stringers!!

  3. thesteelers says: May 24, 2013 8:51 PM

    The 49ers have x starters at WR, right?

  4. westampa says: May 24, 2013 8:52 PM

    I can tell you 2 guys it won’t be, Mario Manningham or the 2012 1st round bust.

  5. thefox61 says: May 24, 2013 8:57 PM

    “Harbaugh isn’t totally sure who that “someone” will be, though.”
    Of course he doesn’t. If he did, he wouldn’t be coaching football, he would be enjoying the winnings from last week’s PowerBall.
    Someone will emerge to fill the void or perhaps it may be several players. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens. What I do expect, and this is coming from a Seahawks fan, is that the 49ers will be as tough as ever and we will be fighting them tooth and nail for the NFC West crown.
    Can’t wait for the season to begin!

  6. ninerfan81 says: May 24, 2013 9:01 PM

    way to try and “speak it into existence” coach…some of the plays this guy made last year on 2nd/3rd and long were amazing…his yac was one of the tops in the league…we don’t have a receiver on the roster that can duplicate that production, sorry coach…my advice, use the all world TE for more than wham blocks

  7. rockhound2013 says: May 24, 2013 9:01 PM

    they really need to think of bringing Brandon Lloyed back to San Fran…

  8. ilovefoolsball says: May 24, 2013 9:04 PM

    Don’t call him crab that’s not nice.
    Call him tree.

  9. radioactivechimp says: May 24, 2013 9:13 PM

    The trade for Anquan Boldin seemed like a really smart move back in March…
    Now it seems absolutely genius.

  10. cooklynn17 says: May 24, 2013 9:16 PM

    Sure Jim, just like someone Will emerge in Victor Cruz’s place. But here’s the issue, that person will not be as good.

    Time for that lovable Bitter Beer Face Jim!!!

  11. steviemo says: May 24, 2013 9:17 PM

    Denial’s not just a river in Egypt, is it Jimmy?

  12. notdemfalcons says: May 24, 2013 9:21 PM

    it ain’t hard to replace nothing …

  13. raiderinvader says: May 24, 2013 9:23 PM

    with all of those #1 receivers,crabtree going down should be noooo problem for such a well tuned team ! crab who ?

  14. thesteelers says: May 24, 2013 9:25 PM

    We have SIX rings. Everyone else, especially the 49ers live in our shadow.

  15. sampsonswag01 says: May 24, 2013 9:26 PM

    thefox61

    —good call! The black and blue division is out west now!

    #49ers

  16. lionsdraftguy says: May 24, 2013 9:26 PM

    As some have said already, they have a bunch of #1 WR’s, right??? I think bigmouth Harbaugh is eating his words now.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: May 24, 2013 9:26 PM

    “…somebody will emerge because they have to”.

    That’s a smart make-it-happen attitude. Good stuff and very true if you want to be a winner.

  18. otis52gsh says: May 24, 2013 9:27 PM

    It’s not that big a deal. He is not that good. Stop exaggerating his importance.

  19. brooklynniner19 says: May 24, 2013 9:32 PM

    Are people forgetting we still have Vernon davis? He has been our #1 receiver since he been with the 49ers until last year. 49ers aren’t Greenbay they won’t have 4 wrs on the field. It will be more two TE sets. So the real question mark is, IS rookie TE Vance McDonald ready to step up?

  20. The Mayor says: May 24, 2013 9:33 PM

    Their 4th round pick Quinton Patton is a solid route runner with good hands and decent speed, who isn’t afraid of contact. That is the same skillset as Crabtree, and they are the same size as well.

    My guess is that he is the guy who will step up.

  21. markywahlberg says: May 24, 2013 9:50 PM

    Playoff chances down the toilet. Gore on his last leg. Kapernick not good enough to carry a team.

    Lose 5/6 to NFC West.

    Enjoy your new stadium.

  22. johnnyb216 says: May 24, 2013 9:58 PM

    Solid plan…

  23. whatjusthapped says: May 24, 2013 9:58 PM

    At least Harbaugh has some other excuse other than the officials. Is this guy the biggest jackwagon in the NFL or what?

  24. hedleykow says: May 24, 2013 10:02 PM

    Harbaugh is probably right. Someone will emerge in Crabtree’s place … for a pick six.

  25. officialgame says: May 24, 2013 10:08 PM

    Whoever emerges won’t be as good as Crabtree. Guys like him don’t grow on trees.

  26. jprcox says: May 24, 2013 10:12 PM

    SF is still formidable. I’m sure Harbaugh has a plan B he is not sharing to motivate one of those WRs.

    Titus Young is in the area…
    (joking!)

  27. phelbin says: May 24, 2013 10:16 PM

    the 49ers don’t have a west coast air raid style offense. They pound the ball with a deep group of RB’s and they use a lot of 2 TE sets. Crabs is a big loss, but it’s not a crippling blow. They’ll be fine.

  28. michaeljacksonisback says: May 24, 2013 10:24 PM

    Bail out Titus Young and there’s the deep threat!

  29. besdayz says: May 24, 2013 10:34 PM

    Not hearing too much now from Niners fans on how they think the seahawks gave up too much for Harvin. Prob wish they could’ve used draft picks so usefully instead of a bunch of injured long term projects….

  30. ravendog92 says: May 24, 2013 10:35 PM

    As a ravens fan, I can’t say I feel bad for you guys. You got boldin. He can save kap’s ass just like he saved joe’s. Trust me, you guys will be fine, and I predict you at least back to the divisional round this year.

  31. mazblast says: May 24, 2013 10:39 PM

    Even if he knows, why should he tell anyone, especially the media?

  32. forty9asty says: May 24, 2013 10:44 PM

    Expect a heavy dose of the running game and two tight end sets. Kinda like the success they had two years ago with Alex at the helm. With Gore, Hunter, and James, they should have a good mix of power and speed. I have a feeling Patton might emerge out of that group, but replacing Crab won’t be easy. Hope Manningham and Williams can get up to speed soon…

  33. inyofaceagain says: May 24, 2013 10:49 PM

    Someone will replace him. Physically, just not statistically.

  34. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 24, 2013 10:56 PM

    Glad the hate is on!
    When the niners smash your respective teams, and pull another 300-300 game on your team, try and remember they were a bunch of 3rd stringers! Brag all you want then!

  35. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 24, 2013 10:59 PM

    As for the west division, its the 49ers all year until somebody knocks em off the mountain, which I just can’t see happening, no matter how many chems your players take, the coaching is far superior!!

  36. edge661 says: May 24, 2013 11:11 PM

    Trophy are not handed out in may fellas!

  37. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 24, 2013 11:16 PM

    I think Boldin will carry the load and when Crabtree returns it could get scary. I’m sure that first-rounder would love the opportunity to make some big plays too.

  38. hawkstradamus says: May 24, 2013 11:22 PM

    Hahaha as a Seahawks loyalist I feal even better about the forthcoming championship season given our intiment knowledge of both Ricardo ” perenial practice squad cast off couldn’t hack it on our team” Locket and Quinton “came up here for a pre draft visit and we passed on him despite having a dozen picks” Patterson. Yeah my nick names need work but so does your roster niner fans hahah.

  39. biggs13 says: May 24, 2013 11:37 PM

    Who’s got it better than Crabtree?

  40. trollhammer20 says: May 24, 2013 11:50 PM

    Coming from another Seattle fan, this probably means they will run the ball more next year.

    Know something? That’s not really good news for the rest of the league….

  41. braceyourselffor12 says: May 25, 2013 12:00 AM

    You’re damn right.

    It is humbling to have a coach like Harbaugh, a man who lives and breaths football. The formula for the success of this team is based around the system he set in place. That’s what brought a 6-10 team to back to back NFC Championships.

    Of course the talent on the field is integral and the Niners are stacked with Pro Bowlers. But those who make it into the NFL have already established they are of a certain caliber. It takes a brilliant mind in the war room to execute a plan that utilizes the talent to win.

    We got a man down: Boldin, Manningham, Williams, Patton time to go to work.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  42. anicra says: May 25, 2013 12:03 AM

    My money is on TO

  43. macaracoon says: May 25, 2013 12:06 AM

    I set the NFL receiving yards record with Lockette in the slot on Madden.

    Just saying =P

  44. 1phd says: May 25, 2013 12:32 AM

    Classic chicken or egg story. Did Crabtree make CK7 better or did CK7 make Crabtree better? If it’s the latter, which is entirely possible, then there are lots of options for other players on the team to produce and perform as well or better.

  45. jerrysglassescleaner says: May 25, 2013 12:48 AM

    Only a great GM like Jerry Jones can see a certain scrub, and know immediately he has starter potential. Others, it takes time to develop a gift like this.

  46. bambam1982 says: May 25, 2013 12:55 AM

    classactcalvin81 says:
    May 24, 2013 8:51 PM
    Yea and I’m gonna grow wings and fly too. Besides Crab they have no Wide outs bunch of 3rd stringers!!

    I wonder who your favorite team is @classactcalvin81

  47. thewarrenmoon says: May 25, 2013 1:42 AM

    Harbaugh’s balloon is about to bust. He is a rascist.

  48. myosin10 says: May 25, 2013 2:17 AM

    Look at you haters!! We got a steelers fan, lions fan and a buccaneers fan all jealous of the NFC champs. Good luck this year to your teams, you all will need it!!

    Why is anyone calling Jenkins a bust? He basically was a redshirt freshman last year because we had the luxury of letting him learn behind some great WRs, Moss, Crabs and Manningham. Ill entertain the bust notion if he doesn’t produce this year. We have so much talent we draft guys that won’t even play for another year, Tank and Lattimore and that’s what we did last year with Jenkins and James basically.

    Manningham is a good WR and Boldin is too, no worries there. Kyle Williams is explosive and can easily take the place of Crabs when healthy. Plus we have one of the top TE combos in the NFL and a Superstar QB and top notch OL and a trio of good RBs. We are going to be fine! I can’t wait for Jenkins to shine this year to shut all these haters up!!

    I wouldn’t be opposed to signing a guy like Brandin Llyod tho who makes circus catches and led the league a few years back. He started a 49er and might possibly end his career as a 49er. Or maybe try trade with the Titans to get Kenny Britt who has the potential to be a dominate WR.

    Anyway it’s nice being on top and having all these other teams fans hating on the top team in the NFC!!! 49er Faithful

  49. maddbearfan says: May 25, 2013 2:42 AM

    Tebow..Tebow..Tebow..Tebow..here’s your big chance Jimmy…great price and a back up for Kapertatoo!

  50. tigershark49 says: May 25, 2013 2:49 AM

    Coach H will make it work! Go 49ers!!

  51. supremekingz says: May 25, 2013 4:09 AM

    You trolls will learn one day that Harbaugh knows football and his decision making usually turns out for the best. The 49ers are not reliant on any on player for their success

  52. blashi says: May 25, 2013 5:47 AM

    Anquan Bolden enough said

  53. joetoronto says: May 25, 2013 5:57 AM

    They’re all #1 WR’s.

    Right, Jim?

  54. painkiller20 says: May 25, 2013 6:59 AM

    People are gonna find out all those “jump balls” Flacco was throwing to Boldin, were actually pretty accurate throws in a small window, where only Boldin could catch the ball. It won’t be long before 9ers fans are saying how slow Boldin is because Kap won’t be making those same throws yielding production from Boldin.

  55. coryfor3 says: May 25, 2013 7:06 AM

    I would hope it would be your first round pick AJ Jenkins. I hope AJ spent the off season working or he’ll be the rare first rounder cut before he makes a catch in the NFL. And he would be a rare 49er misevaluation.

  56. sfniners4life says: May 25, 2013 7:23 AM

    If any of these guys can emerge to be a good wr option it would be scary when Crabtree comes back. Lets not forgot this is the best running team in the league. With gore, hunter, lemicheal James and drafted the best college running back since AP in lattimore. They got plenty of weapons and don’t forgot Vern who better then most teams #1 wr.

  57. bi49xfactor says: May 25, 2013 8:58 AM

    The comment by westampa was obviously written by an IDIOT, he must be a Bucaneer Fan. Hey Wes don’t worry bec. when the 49ers come to Tampa week 15 and beat your over hyped Bucs we will see who is the real bust.

  58. filthymcnasty1 says: May 25, 2013 9:17 AM

    When Harbaugh says “someone” will emerge, I think he meant the Seahawks.

  59. fissels says: May 25, 2013 9:40 AM

    I’m no niners fan but winners take negative things that happen and turn them into positives. Harbaugh is a winner and he will find a way to make this situation positive.

  60. raymondtx says: May 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    “Harbaugh says he’s confident someone will step up to fill the void”….I hope so, how hard is it for a “featured” wr to come in and catch balls and gain barely a 1,000 yards? Not like Crabtree was Calvin Johnson.

  61. 49erstim says: May 25, 2013 10:00 AM

    I love haters….sooooo misinformed. Lol. All those “luxury” picks SF has had…THIS is why. Other teams need to draft 6-7 immediate starters, but NOT SF. So whether you like it or you don’t like it the 49ers are the top dogs. Just get used to it :-)

  62. chazzmon says: May 25, 2013 10:34 AM

    I hate the Niners, but they’re still the team to beat in the NFC. Crabtree isn’t Jerry Rice or anything close, they’ll be fine. If I were them I’d give Brandon Lloyd look.

  63. albinorhino49 says: May 25, 2013 10:37 AM

    Go get it “General” Patton.

  64. chillmodedlb says: May 25, 2013 11:03 AM

    I laugh when I see all the Harbaugh bashing.
    Year 1: 13-3 Regular Season + 1-1 in the Playoffs
    Year 2: 11-4-1 Regular Season + 2-1 in the Playoffs

    All he has done is get his team deep into the playoffs in his only 2 years coaching in the NFL, both times losing to the Super Bowl Winners and has a combined record of 27-9-1. He drafted a franchise QB in the 2nd round of the draft in his first year in the NFL. Before he took the helm, the 49ers were an annual underachiever. Part of his coaching aptitude is his ability to motivate his players and get maximum performance.

    What does all that mean? Jim Harbaugh knows a lot about football then you do. The Pete Carroll and the Seahawks don’t have enough Adderal to knock us off. He couldn’t even beat Jim Harbaugh when USC was getting ridiculous players and Stanford was starting as a middle of the pack team in a middle of the pack conference.

  65. skippynj says: May 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    I think I speak for just about, well, everyone, when I say, “shut-up, Harbaugh”.

  66. hawkstradamus says: May 25, 2013 12:07 PM

    Here’s what’s gonna happen this year. Arm kisser isn’t going to have his go too guy in Crabtree oldman boldwin is gonna get jammed at the line by Sherman or browner if he eaks bye on occasion kam will be lurking and lay him out just like he did verngina davis and your collection of practice squad rejects and overdrafted busts and late round no tallents will do what theyve alwayse done, nothing. Long story short story the legion of boom will destroy your passing game by distrusting the timing of the offense and intimidating your febal minded dregs it’s what they do, that and well yeah adderall.
    Armkisser will then expose himself as another sub par gimmick non passer in the QB spot. When his first read is stopped and vd is lying in the fetal position quivvering in terror He will run like a fool and get chased down by our fleet of 4.4 40 running lbs and Leo’s, just like rg3 sadly he’ll be in the turf before the fore mentioned legion of boom gets a chance to join the party and do their damage. But the good news you still get to play the cardinals twice so you should get at leastcouple wins or maybe a few more ties.

  67. kcniner says: May 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    hawkstradamus you sound like a IDIOT! Do us all a favor and stop posting. The Seahawks will not even be as good as last year.

  68. ripster65 says: May 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    Hey hawkstradamus! The fact that you can’t spell, don’t know the difference in to, too and two and just plain can’t write a legible statement speaks volumes about your credibility. Do us all a favor and don’t post anyore until you get out of 4th grade.

  69. lagg1 says: May 25, 2013 1:40 PM

    Jim Harbaugh will find the right guy. Deep down he wants Jenkins to be that guy. A.J. came out of college with a high opinion of himself. Personally I was surprised that the Niners took him. Regardless he better get off his butt and learn the position as a pro and PRODUCE. Finally, a notice to all Seahawk fans on this post, please inform us when you are about to sign so that we can all get a literary vaccination-hawkstradamus-PLEASE!

  70. hawkstradamus says: May 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    Hawkstradamus knows all. Everything said has already happened and will continue to happen as I am hawkstradamus. You know its the truth thats why you dont want to hear it. the kissing bandit isn’t a QB in the true sense he’s a mobile football delivery system a slight upgrade over jake locker. Where as the Nobel and infallible Russell Wilson is like a mosaic of all the great quarterbacks of the past he has football of Peyton Manning the moxy and leadership of Montana the crisp overhand delivery of drew brees with the arm strength of Jim Kelly and scrambling ability that makes steve young look like he’s hopping around on a ruptured Achilles (too soon?).
    So before all you niner fans who are about to put down your white wine and cheese wipe your life partners spackel off your chins and chime in about all the championship seasons of the last millennia (two were against the bungles=*X2 + 1 against the orange/hopeless broncos and another against a dolphins team that was never heard from again=overrated paper dynasty) the team you have in the here and now has choked away a conference championship on home turf(Unfathomable to us 12′s) then followed that up with the first Super Bowl loss in franchise history to the great joe flaccid I mean Flacco. Awesome trajectory down there things are looking great cant wait to see what your irrational iratic hyper reactive coach will do when you guys stumble out of the gates.

  71. japadacktle49 says: May 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    Hey Hawk trolls the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC champions not to mention the NFC West champions, until another team takes it from them. But lets face it the 49ers have always and will forever be the superior team and organization to Cheaty Pete’s squad of misfits up in Seattle! See ya week (TWO) flying up to dine on some Seachicken along with the 9ers D.

  72. 9ers4life35 says: May 25, 2013 3:01 PM

    So much hate on the niners these days…Kingcrab will be missed…but doesn’t anybody know he is replaceabl. ..for the short term…Hunter comes back. So put lamichael James in the slot..boldin #
    1 and jenkins/Patton #2..and rehab thr rest
    …..i.e manningham…and Williams

  73. ripster65 says: May 25, 2013 4:13 PM

    And hawk chimes in again apparently just to prove my point. Ever heard of commas or capital letters? And you also don’t seem to know the difference between noble and Nobel. And what the hell is “iratic”? Please stop.

  74. beastmode5150 says: May 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    Go Hawks.

  75. chillmodedlb says: May 25, 2013 6:14 PM

    I personally don’t understand how people can say they think Kaepernick is a gimmick. He has a ton of arm strength and shows touch on his throws. His game doesn’t depend on his running ability, it’s just a bonus. Look at the differences in how he beat Green Bay and then how we beat Atlanta. It’s completely different. I think he ran two or three times in the Falcons game tops. What is scary is that his rookie year offseason had a lockout and last year he didn’t spend it as a starter. This will be his first full offseason as the starting quarterback.

  76. forty9asty says: May 25, 2013 6:42 PM

    Hawkstradamus…must be the inbred illegitimate child of logicalvoice’s loins… sorry, i meant musst bee tha nbread iljetamyte chyld uf lojikal voyse’ses loynes. Talk all the smack you want about the 49ers and how the five teams they beat in their Superbowl victories were sub-par opponents. The problem is, your team with zero titles of any kind couldn’t even beat the teams that those “inferior” opponents beat to get to the big game. And as for your clairvoyance (look it up), I hate to inform you that you have the words “prophetic” and “pathetic” mixed up.

  77. ripster65 says: May 25, 2013 9:09 PM

    Nice job, forty9asty! Spot on!

  78. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    The seahawks had to have a meeting about cheating!
    Don’t talk to me about competing, not with that cheating Pete competing, to be the best, you must pass the test, and not claim its something its not when you know its not, cry me a river made of adder all, and IMA tell ya’ll, this song isn’t made from adder all!

  79. xinellum says: May 29, 2013 8:24 AM

    This is the best thing to happen to the niners. They were ripe for a mid season meltdown with Crabtree, Boldin, and Davis all crying over being number one and getting enough catches. As a Ravens fan you could see Boldin fuming on the sidelines when he wasn’t getting the ball thrown his way and I already know Davis is a hot head, he has proven that and Crabtree is a prima Dona he has proved that as well. Good thing one of the superstars went down cause they don’t make enough footballs for those three

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