Catching up with 49ers' Michael Crabtree
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Michael Crabtree snatched passes cleanly and generally looked like a No. 1 wide receiver during the San Francisco 49ers' practices I attended last week.
The plays he made on the field meant less in the setting. There's no sense in reading too much into offseason practices in shorts and without pads. We know NFL players can catch passes in practice.
That is why I watched more closely the interactions between Crabtree and his veteran teammates. What I saw was a continuation of the respect Crabtree surprisingly commanded almost from the moment he joined the team last season following a prolonged contract dispute. The transition could not have appeared more natural, proving that veterans will
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