The San Francisco 49ers have handled Michael Crabtree’s offseason Achilles injury perfectly, as they have not fallen into any knee-jerk traps and have prudently stayed the course with their best wide receiver. After holding him out for a few weeks and waiting until the last day to activate him, Crabtree is fully healthy. He will be making his regular season debut today against the rival St. Louis Rams, but he is expected to be on a snap count as another means of caution by the wise 49ers.
But according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that definitely doesn’t mean that Michael Crabtree isn’t fully healthy or anything, because Rapoport reports that Crabtree has “no physical limitations”. That’s certainly great confirmation of what we suspected, since Crabtree seemed to have a clean bill of health when he was a full participant at practice on Wednesday. Players who practice fully on the first day of the week are fully healthy, and Crabtree managed to practice fully all week.
There shouldn’t be an inkling of concern regarding Crabtree’s health going forward, because the 49ers have played their cards right perfectly. Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the 49ers entire offense will feel the benefits of having their star receiver back, and the 49ers are a downright scary team with him back. You only need to take a look at the Indianapolis Colts play since Reggie Wayne’s injury to see just how much No. 1 receivers mean to teams, and Crabtree is definitely a No. 1 receiver with his ability to bring a little bit of everything to the table. He’s a great possession receiver as well, and that’s due to his sure hands and very polished route-running.