The 49ers might have five No. 1 receivers, but they’re only going to start two of them.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn would start tonight against the Vikings.
For Crabtree, it will be his first preseason game appearance, and it means Randy Moss will be working off the bench, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Harbaugh also grew agitated with reporters when asked about Kyle Williams status as a returner. He fumbled twice in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Giants, and is currently listed behind Ginn on the depth chart.
Harbaugh said Williams “most definitely” would return punts, and when asked how he thought the crowd would receive him, Harbaugh shot back: “To Kyle? He’s a 49er. He’s one of us.”
At a point later in the press conference, Harbaugh chided reporters.
“A lot of obvious questions,” he said. “A lot of the master-of-the-obvious questions today. They could be really answering themselves up here.”
Harbaugh’s a good coach, and has gotten far more out of this Alex Smith-led bunch than anyone imagined. But if they don’t continue to win at last year’s clip, this guy is going to come unglued.