Excited For 2014, Michael Crabtree Admits He Wasn’t Himself Last Year

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 | 0


San Francisco 49ers star wide receiver Michael Crabtree had a down year in 2013, missing the first 11 games of the regular season while recuperating from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered in offseason OTAs.

Although he returned for the final five games and the 49ers’ three playoff contests, he noticeably wasn’t the dynamic playmaker that San Francisco fans had grown accustomed to watching catch passes from quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The injury couldn’t have been much worse for Crabtree, who is currently involved in talks with 49ers’ management to lock up a new, incentive-laden contract. The wideout understands his team’s position because of his medical history.

He told CSN Bay Area that although he had the speed to play last year, he just wasn’t himself:

“I was fast enough to be on the field,” Crabtree said last week. “But I wasn’t me.”

And his play reflected that, as he only caught 34 passes for 487 yards and a single touchdown in his eight games including the playoffs. Those numbers paled in comparison to his breakout season of 2012, where Crabtree hauled in 85 balls for 1,105 yards and nine scores.

Most of his production came after the team decided to switch from conservative game-managing quarterback Alex Smith, who now starts for the Kansas City Chiefs, to Kaepernick.

With both of their key cogs in place, the 49ers are set to have another successful year. Yet they haven’t looked anything close to sharp in preseason, and part of that may be a hamstring injury to Crabtree that left him out of practice for two weeks.

But 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t worried about the preseason. With two NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance in the last three years, there’s only one goal that has eluded the team, and that’s a Lombardi Trophy.

With expectations high and a new contract apparently on the horizon, Crabtree expressed his excitement at the prospect of a new season:

“It’s going to be an exciting year,” Crabtree said. “I can’t wait to get out there.”

The 49ers’ No. 1 receiver can’t wait to get on the field, where he should be surefire producer due to his connection with Kaepernick. But will he be able to stay on the field long enough to accomplish his goals?

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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