Wide receiver Michael Crabtree missed part of the 2013 season with an Achilles injury, returning in early December to help the San Francisco 49ers make a run to the NFC Championship game. Crabtree’s return helped revive the 49ers’ passing offense to a certain degree and heading into the 2014 season the 49ers pass-catcher is reportedly back to his old self.
From the 49ers’ website:
Michael Crabtree didn’t have to do a whole lot during offseason workouts – coaches took a calculated approach with the team’s sure-handed receiver. Even so, Crabtree demonstrated 2012-like burst during the limited time he worked with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Crabtree missed 11 games last season because of a torn left Achilles, but he’s as healthy as ever while he enters a contract season. Expect big things.
Fellow wide receiver Anquan Boldin made comments back in late June to support that claim, saying Crabtree looked “more explosive.
“He’s a lot more explosive,” fellow receiver Anquan Boldin said, via the Sacramento Bee. “I just see him being back to his old self. For him, we’re taking things slow. We want to make sure that he goes into the season healthy.”
With wide receiver Stevie Johnson joining the 49ers, Crabtree could have a breakout season with someone else commanding attention in the passing offense.