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Moss, Crabtree top 49ers' depth chart at wide receiver

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012 - 5:38 pm

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh long has insisted he has five starter-quality wide receivers on the roster.

But when the 49ers on Tuesday released the depth chart for Sunday's game against Green Bay, there were two names listed: Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree.

That was the expected arrangement all along.

Although he played only a handful of snaps per game in the exhibition season, Moss stood out in the team's offseason practices, and his teammates – both newcomers and veterans – routinely spoke in awe about how the 13-year veteran operated on the field.

Crabtree, meanwhile, led the 49ers in receiving last season and has been consistently listed as a starter at one of the wide receiver spots throughout the exhibition season. Moss, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams had been listed as co-starters at the opposite spot.

One of the questions now is whether Harbaugh and the 49ers continue with the steady rotation of receivers they used in August. The other is whether the team's new pass-catching arsenal can keep pace with an offense like the Packers', which averaged 405 yards and a league-high 35 points per game last season.

Crabtree said "the sky's the limit" for his squad. But he also noted the 49ers will play a decidedly different game than their Packers counterparts.

"I just feel like we've got our own style," Crabtree said. "Those guys have a spread offense – that's all they do is throw the ball. I mean, they've got some run game. But that's their offense. We're really not like that. It's just focusing on being us and going out there and making plays."

Asked to describe the 49ers' offense, he said, "I wish I could describe it to you, but that would be hard."

The new guy – Newly signed outside linebacker Clark Haggans lifted weights, met reporters and took part in the team photo Tuesday, all in the span of about 40 minutes.

With Parys Haralson out for the year with a torn left triceps, Haggans is likely to be thrown into action against Green Bay. He said he hopes his 12 years in the league will help him handle the whirlwind.

"The terminology is different," he said. "A lot of the techniques are the same. Just been here since Sunday in the classroom with my coaches and coach Vic (Fangio). So just trying to absorb as much as I can and be as spongy as possible, and take it from there."

Haggans also has to deal with a possible suspension this year stemming from a 2011 DUI conviction. He had been drinking at a concert when he received a frantic call from his baby sitter saying his daughter was having trouble breathing.

Haggans ran a red light on his way home and was pulled over.

"The circumstances were the circumstances," he said. "I had to do what I had to do as a father. It's on (the NFL). I'm not the one making the call. I'm the one who's got to be ready either way and be prepared."

Et cetera – In other depth chart news, Perrish Cox is listed as the team's fourth cornerback ahead of Tramaine Brock, who is still recovering from a broken bone in his hand. Cox entered Thursday's exhibition season finale ahead of Brock.

• Demarcus Dobbs is listed as the third tight end ahead of rookie Garrett Celek, who has changed his number from 48 to 81. Safety Darcel McBath went from No. 32 to No. 28. Haggans is No. 51.

• The 49ers took their team photo without Harbaugh, who, after shaking hands and slapping five with several players, ran out of the locker room to attend to a personal matter.

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