Originally posted by dj43:
Speed is not all "natural." It can be trained and improved through technique and strength/conditioning. Hence, it is entirely possible that he will be noticeably faster this season just due to the fact he had finally had a full off-season to build up his strength and explosiveness. (NOTE: The article on Brandon Jacobs now doing squats which he never did before and how he feels quicker than he has ever felt.)
I have no doubt that Crabtree's best games as a 49er are still ahead of him, and not just because he is going to have Randy Moss or AJ Jenkins drawing fire.
Isn't it funny what winning can do for a team? I credit Harbaugh in many ways for instilling a winners attitude and winners work ethic last season. I know its very premature, but the early reports out of camp suggest the 49ers may actually be functioning like the higher-quality franchise it used to be. When you add it all up, coaching mentality, last season's performance, and overall competition at various positions, it is no wonder Crabtree finally feels ready.
Last season Crabtree started to mature as a wideout, and I believe it will continue this year. He's not going to be a game changer in the Megatron ilk, but he does possess the ability to be a highly effective pass catcher for the 49ers.
We'll see what happens come September, but you have to like what you are seeing right now.
[ Edited by bzborow1 on May 28, 2012 at 7:05 AM ]