Kaepernick: Michael Crabtree has 'a lot more burst' than last year

San Jose Mercury News - [Full Article]

49ers WR Michael Crabtree has looked fully recovered from last year’s Achilles tear. He warmed up with his fellow wideouts before practices the past month and then retreated to a the side for individual running drills.

“At the end of last year he still wasn’t 100 percent,” Colin Kaepernick said of Crabtree. “He has a lot more burst to him now. Looks really good.”

Added Anquan Boldin: “He’s a lot more explosive. I see him being back to his old self. He’s taking things slowly. We want to make sure he goes into the season healthy.”

Fantasy Impact: 

Including three playoff games, Crabtree appeared in eight contests last season and averaged 4.3 catches for 61 yards and 0.13 TD. For a better indication of his potential for 2014, we should include the 10 games he played with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 (and in the 2013 playoffs). When those numbers are rolled in, Crabtree averaged 5.3 catches for 76 yards and 0.50 TD, which equates to 10.6 PPG, or strong WR2-type numbers. He looked liked himself during the 49ers' playoff run, so we're expecting a productive 2014 from the 6th-year receiver.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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