Michael Crabtree has never looked better at training camp. Although, in fairness, this is the first time that had has ever been to training camp, considering his rookie holdout last year.
But that only makes what Crabtree did last season even more amazing. That Crabtree produced anything at all after missing his combine training and offseason workouts because of injuries and then a hold out until he made his debut in Week 7 — a feat of strength that only Izzy Mandelbaum could appreciate — is impressive.
And his coach noticed.
“Very few individuals can pull that off, do what he did last year,” coach Mike Singletary told the San Jose Mercury News on Sunday. “I think he had a lot of people praying for him. And I think it worked out well. … It was obvious, he was head and shoulders — when he came in, looking at him, this kid is going to play.”
The expectations are high for Crabtree now, as well as the 49ers. Many expect the 49ers to win the NFC West. That will only happen if Crabtree continues to improve this year. Expect that to happen.
Normally, I shy away from teams that are the ‘pick to click.’ Remember the Falcons last year? Or the 49ers themselves only a few years ago? These preseason Cinderellas tend to do as well as the short-lived CBS drama Viva Laughlin.
But for some reason, I have confidence in Crabtree. I see him as a Top 15 fantasy receiver this season, and it will not surprise me if he reaches the Top 10.
— Adam Rank
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