On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers gave the fans some positive news to feast on by activating fifth-year wideout
Crabtree suffered torn Achilles in late May, was placed on the PUP List on Aug. 27, 2013 and was cleared to practice on Nov. 5.
The 49ers had a three-week window to evaluate Crabtree for a promotion to the 53-man roster and by all accounts, the playmaking wide receiver looks like he’s ready to contribute to San Francisco’s 7-4 team.
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Jim Harbaugh expects the 6-foot-1, 214-pound sure-handed receiver to return to the field this week at home against the St. Louis Rams.
Crabtree recorded 30 third-down receptions last season, many of which came from Kaepernick. The 49ers quarterback, however, was reluctant to say Crabtree was his “security blanket” when asked by a reporter.
“I wouldn’t say a security blanket, but he’s a playmaker for us,” Kaepernick said.
“It gives us some depth,” the 11-year wideout said on a night where he recorded his first multi-touchdown receiving game with the 49ers. “It gives another playmaker outside. It’s another added dimension that we need. We’ve seen ‘Crab’ make plays over the years and we expect nothing less of him.”
Crabtree caught 12 passes for 171 receiving yards and one touchdown catch in two games against the Rams in 2012.
In seven career games against St. Louis, Crabtree has 37 catches for 594 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Crabtree averages 84.9 yards per game against the Rams.
The 594 receiving yards are the most he has against any single NFL team. Crabtree’s six touchdowns against St. Louis tie his mark of six touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals.
San Francisco’s playmaking wideout came into the 2013 with lofty goals. One week before his injury he told 49ers.com: “I’m the No. 1 receiver on the 49ers and you can quote me on that because I’m really working hard and I’m really trying to be the best player, one of the best in the NFL. It’s going to take a lot. I know what it’s going to take. I just need to go out there and take it.”
- READ: Crabtree Activated off PUP List
- WATCH: Crabtree 'Working Hard' to Return
- READ: Crabtree Makes Progress in Rehab
- WATCH: Crabtree on NFLN's 'Sports Car'
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