So their plans are finally in action.
"It's been a storm, ups and downs every since we got hurt," Manningham said after participating in Wednesday afternoon's session. "We talk to each other... Just trying to do what we got to do to put this team in a position to be where we were at the the end of the year just with a different result."
Manningham, ahead of his fellow wideout, is likely to make his season debut on Sunday at Candlestick Park, when San Francisco hosts the Carolina Panthers. As for his potential role in the game, the six-year pro said simply, "Make plays."
"Now I just have to show up in a game, get bumped around a bit and I'll be right back to where I was," the Michigan product said.
"I wouldn't go out there if I wasn't feeling 100 or close to 100 (percent)," he said. "I'm still working, still doing what I have to do to prepare myself, better myself and get my body ready."
Like Crabtree, Manningham is now using his practice time to get back up to speed with his quarterback. Before he went down last season, Manningham was
"It's getting there because he knows how to read my body language," Manningham said of Kaepernick. "I know I have to come running out of my break because he has a fastball; he throws hard."