December 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) points at an official against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter in the final regular season game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Falcons 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Colin Kaepernick: Michael Crabtree is a 'step or two quicker now'

The San Francisco 49ers had to get through the 2013 season without wide receiver Michael Crabtree for the most part as he recovered from an Achilles injury. When Crabtree returned in December, he provided a much needed boost to the passing attack.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t see any lingering affects from that injury, and has said that he thinks Crabtree is a quicker now.

“He’s a step or two quicker now,” Kaepernick said. “He has a burst out of his routes. He has burst when he catches the ball. (He) looks really good out there.”

“Even at the end of last season, he wasn’t 100 percent,” Kaepernick added. “And he was making plays for us. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do, now that he’s 100 percent. “

It would certainly be interesting to see what a “quicker” Crabtree can do on the field, especially given how productive he was when he finally got on the field. During the 2013 season Crabtree played in eight games, including the playoffs, and caught 34 passes for 487 yards. If you took that production and spread it out over 16 games of a season he’d be right at under a 1,000 yards and it’d be the second most productive season of his career.

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