49ers WR Michael Crabtree has been a consistent attendee of the team’s offseason strength program, but with the program now in the midst of its “Football School” phase, the 6-foot-1, 214-pound wideout’s biggest talents are starting to shine brightest.
Left foot issues which have hampered the young receiver’s early career seem to be a thing of the past. Crabtree said he’s feeling the best he ever has during the offseason of his NFL career.
“I’m taking care of my body and that’s from growing up,” Crabtree told 49ers.com on Tuesday. “You learn how to take care of your body better.”
Crabtree’s strong offseason work doesn’t surprise general manager Trent Baalke, who told Sirius XM radio this week that Crabtree’s skill sets are “going to shine even brighter this year because he’s going to have a full offseason.”
Jim Harbaugh spoke in a similar vein when addressing Crabtree’s offseason outlook back in February at the 2012 Scouting Combine.
“You get better at football by practicing football, much like you don't get to Carnegie Hall without a lot of practice,” Harbaugh said from the halls of Lucas Oil Stadium. “For him to have a benefit of an offseason and OTAs and training camp like he's never had, he's got an opportunity to have that offseason this year which he has not had – and not of his own doing. Looking forward to making the most of that this year.”
“He’s been working tirelessly,” Baalke also told Sirius XM. “He’s been involved with the entire process this offseason up to this point and plans on being here throughout. We’re excited about that group.”