Michael Crabtree "running better than he ever has"

The San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

QB Alex Smith noted that WR Michael Crabtree might be the star of the 49ers' spring.

"He's healthy, and I think he's excited about that," Smith said. "I think he's feeling really good. You come out and watch and he's running better than he ever has since I've seen him. Running really well out here, making plays. It's exciting to see."

In the final 11 games of the regular season, Crabtree had 61 catches for 742 yards and four touchdowns, which would translate to 89 catches, 1,079 yards and six touchdowns over a 16-game season.

Fantasy Impact: 

Crabtree may be emerging, but the 49ers are a run-first team (or at least they were in 2011) and they added Mario Manningham, Randy Moss and A.J. Jenkins this offseason. RB LaMichael James will also play a role in the passing game. Barring a big shift in offensive philosophy, which is not out of the realm of possibility given the team's additions, Crabtree's targets could actually decrease in 2012.

Filed Under: 2012, Preseason

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