Michael Crabtree: Back To 100% And We're Lovin' It

The most under the radar news for the 49ers recently is that Michael Crabtree has not been on the injury report. After spending the first three months of the season limited in practice, the last two weeks have seen absent from the report. Crabtree even said after the 49ers win over the Rams that this was the first time he has been 100% healthy this season.

Ever since Crabtree's rookie season, there has been plenty of debate as to what he brings to the table. Some folks grew frustrated with him very quickly, others were just bewildered, and as with any player, some folks stuck with him through thick and thin. Whichever group you fell into, we all now can enjoy the benefits of Michael Crabtree.

As the 49ers prepare to face the Cardinals this weekend, we can look back on Crabtree's strong performance against Arizona three weeks ago. He hauled in seven passes for 120 yards and at times had his way with rookie cornerback, Patrick Peterson. I suspect we will see Peterson matched up again with Crabtree, in what should be a really fun matchup to watch all game long.

Now in his third season, Michael Crabtree has a shot at 1,000 receiving yards and will likely surpass career highs in several categories, including catches and yards. He and Alex Smith appear to be developing a much better chemistry on the field and appear to be enjoying themselves on the sidelines after big plays. Winning can help that, but also simply having a chance to work together consistently on the practice field is so important.

Michael Crabtree is immensely talented and showed during his rookie season how quickly he could step in and make plays. However, getting a chance to work consistently in full first team reps with Alex Smith takes it to another level. The 49ers are still trying to figure out their offense and really are only scratching the surface considering the fact that they have been basically implementing it on the fly. As solid as Smith-to-Crabtree has looked lately, I can't even begin to imagine what we might see in 2012.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker