49ers passing game expected to improve with return of receiver.
The San Francisco 49ers are set to receive a huge boost after wide receiver Michael Crabtree was activated from the physically unable to perform list.
The 26-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft, and had career highs with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the NFC champions last season.
Crabtree was also effective in the play-offs before tearing his right Achilles tendon on May 21, and had only returned to practice on November 5.
Nevertheless, as per NFL rules, the 49ers had 21 days to decide whether or not to activate Crabtree to their 53-man roster or shelve him for the season, and it is has been confirmed that they have opted for the former.
Coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed the news after the win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night, and is undoubtedly delighted to have another option at his disposal to help the offensive line-up.
“Crabtree’s coming back [this] week, and hopefully, we get a few other guys back,” Harbaugh told reporters, according to ESPN.
“Because we need them all.”
The 49ers have heavily relied upon Anquan Boldin so far this season following his arrival in the summer, as he leads the team with 53 catches, 724 yards along with five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Mario Manningham has also recently returned from injury which will be positive news for quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has previously alluded to the fact the absentees have contributed to his lacklustre numbers.
Kaepernick threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns during the win over the Redskins on Monday night, and it was the first time that he surpassed 200 yards passing since October 13.