I recently took the time to research the wide receiver position a bit, and I think I may have stumbled upon some information that might be enlightening to a lot of people here, who I presume are like me and not too sound on the technicalities of football.
After reading a bit about the wide receiver position, it has occurred to me that whenever I have said that the 49ers are in need of a wide receiver who can do the "big plays" or make the "long catches", I was unaware I was actually referring to the "flanker" position, which runs the Y patterns in an offensive lineup. By this logic, Jerry Rice was a flanker, as is Randy Moss. I believe that the wide receiver core of the 49ers, as it stands, consists of receivers that are geared toward the split-end position. Michael Crabtree is possibly the best of the wide receiver core not because he is Michael Crabtree, but because he appears to play the split-end position better than any of the other receivers and even seems to do decent as a flanker.
The 49ers are in need of a Jerry Rice/Randy Moss/Larry Fitzgerald (flanker/Y) type of receiver in order to make those big plays and/or long passes happen again.
Does anyone agree? Do you think Michael Crabtree can be the flanker we have needed? Who could the 49ers possibly draft to fill that role?
Do we need to draft a wide receiver who can play the "flanker" position?
Yes (43 votes)
No (44 votes)
87 total votes