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07:14 AM ET 10.08 | Good news, Niners fans. Reinforcements are on the way for the 49ers' lackluster wide receiving corps and a defense that finished Sunday's 34-3 victory over the Houston Texans without three starters. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the team's two rookie defensive linemen, Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial, are on track to begin practicing with their teammates for the first time next week. Harbaugh also said receiver Mario Manningham, who has been out since a December ACL injury, could begin practice next week and Michael Crabtree could be ready to play by mid-November. Crabtree ruptured his right Achilles' tendon May 21 but has looked surprisingly spry during recent rehabilitation sessions with trainers. Cornerback Eric Wright also is ready to begin practicing next week, Harbaugh said.

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October 8, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Yeah, they haven't been the same team they were last year. Returning starters would be a big help.

October 8, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Every DC in the league spent the summer figuring out the read-option.

I think they figured it out.

October 8, 2013  08:14 AM ET
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Every DC in the league spent the summer figuring out the read-option.

I think they figured it out.

And now - we get to see if young Colin has figured it out also.

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October 8, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And now - we get to see if young Colin has figured it out also.

Maybe his tattoos are the Cliff notes to the system.

October 8, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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Maybe his tattoos are the Cliff notes to the system.

Some quarterbacks have those wristbands. Kap just has the plays on his wrist.

October 8, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Some quarterbacks have those wristbands. Kap just has the plays on his wrist.

haha, nice

October 8, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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I keep forgetting about the Niners

You will remember them come playoff time....

October 8, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And now - we get to see if young Colin has figured it out also.

Colin & crew will be just fine Otis, getting healthy will solve a lot of problems...

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October 8, 2013  12:00 PM ET
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Every DC in the league spent the summer figuring out the read-option.I think they figured it out.

You think defensive coordinators will be calculating the odds when Peyton Manning will run a bootleg for a TD again ?

I don't think the 49ers ever intended to be strictly a read option team, but don't be surprised if they still use it in certain games or circumstances . The threat was not so much the read option but Kaepernicks size and speed.

There sure seems to be a lot of concern about the 49ers and their running QB. I wonder why teams aren't targeting Russell Wilson and his scrabbling. Lets face it, Wilson is more of a threat as a running QB than a passer, and he can carry the team easier with his running than his passing. He is just like Michael Vick, you contain him in the pocket and don't let him scrabble and get outside and his passing numbers go way down. You contain him and their offense becomes mediocre.

October 8, 2013  12:17 PM ET
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I keep forgetting about the Niners

Teams that are worried more about Kaepernick as a scrabbling threat than Russell Wilson aren't doing their homework.

Both Seattle and Philadelphia are like sister offenses, what sets Seattle above Philadelphia is their defense.

Philadelphia leading rushers - LeSean McCoy 514 yards, Michael Vick 307 yards.
Seattle leading rushers- Marshawn Lynch 410 yards , Russell Wilson 233 yards.

Colin Kaepernick is not even in the top 50 rushers in the NFL. Vick is #14 and Wilson is #22, they are the top 2 rushing QB's in the NFL with Terrell Pryor a close 3rd place behind Wilson.

October 8, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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San Fran will end up in the NFC Championship game against New Orleans.

I'm not going to overlook the Seahawks.

October 8, 2013  12:48 PM ET

The 49ers could really use any offensive system at this point

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October 8, 2013  05:53 PM ET

Kaepernick is sacrificing a goat this week to appease the Football Gods and get his receiving corps back. His numbers are Gabbert-esque.

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