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Crabtree, Ginn Jr. to Start vs. Minnesota

Posted by Taylor Price on August 9, 2012 – 4:13 PM

Michael Crabtree will make his preseason debut Friday night when he starts opposite of Ted Ginn Jr. as San Francisco’s top wideouts against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

Crabtree’s bouts with preseason injuries have been discussed several times through camp, but members of the 49ers coaching staff and offense feel a strong rapport was developed with Crabtree throughout the team’s offseason program.

The unspoken storyline of the 49ers receiving corps has been the consistent training camp performances of Ginn Jr., a sixth-year wideout who continues to show more than just special teams return ability.

Last season, Ginn Jr. caught 19 passes for 220 receiving yards. His biggest contributions to the team were made consistently in the return game. Ginn Jr. became the first player in franchise history to return a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the same game (vs. Seattle on Sept. 11). He also took home the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 1 of last season.

This time around, Ginn Jr. is showing teammates he can do even more on offense.

“I just think he looks really sharp,” said quarterback Alex Smith, who’s already completed several passes to the 5-foot-11, 180-pound speedy wide receiver in camp. “He’s got the speed, everybody knows that, but I really feel like he continues to work on the little things, the little things of being a receiver.”

Perhaps those little things Smith mentioned were most evident when the duo hooked up on a 40-yard passing play earlier this week. Ginn Jr. showed excellent body control down the sideline to remain in bounds while coming down with Smith’s perfectly thrown deep ball.

“Really precise route running so far in camp,” Smith added. “He’s making a lot of plays out there. He’s made a lot of tough catches coming back to the football. Those are things that I see and obviously when you combine that with his speed, I think he’s had a great camp so far.”

Jim Harbaugh agrees and that’s why Ginn Jr. will be with the starting 11.

“He’s had a great camp,” Harbaugh said. “He’s catching the ball, blocking, playing all the positions – X, Z, the slot. He’s running good – getting in and out of his cuts – performing at a high level.”

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10 Responses to “Crabtree, Ginn Jr. to Start vs. Minnesota”

  1. By spike on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Randy who?

  2. By 49er 'G' on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    All I can say guys is Communicate… All ways come back to the ball when Alex is in trouble… This YEAR is OURS…BABY……..

  3. By Vinh on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    I think they might try to experiment something here, this week Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr…next week could be Manningham and Crabtree…and game 3 probable starter Moss and Crabtree…and last game Manningham and Moss….Offense probably play 1-2 series…and defense around 2-3 at least….

  4. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Not randy who. Randy too. Just icing on a sweet red and gold cake. Ginn has earned this shot. I jumped for joy when we got him for a 3rd rounder after Miami took him in the 1st. Best deal we’ve made In a long time. 2012 belongs to San Francisco

  5. By trob0 on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad to see two starters that were with our team last year. It makes Moss and Manningham work even harder to become starters. Can’t wait for tomorrow!!! Its only preseason but this is the most excited I’ve been in years just to watch a PRESEASON GAME!!!!! 9ERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  6. By bo9ers52 on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    ted gin, i really love this guy specially on punt returns, his explosive,if he was there during the nfc championship, we could have been holding the lombardi trophy by now, but then again we have to move on,so this year is gonna be diff. i can smell the crown fr. about half mile a way, let go get ‘em…”NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  7. By CalvIn on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    wIll he catch the ball?

  8. By Sugar Bear on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Okay Alex, no more excuses, just show us what you can do now that you have the weapons! Go Niners, this is your year!!!

  9. By Theylove2hateDa9ers on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Why does everyone say can he catch? Last year he didnt even lead the team in drops….Ginn Jr is a real football player works hard and comes to play team ball. I am rooting for him to have a big year.

  10. By Lee Michael on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    We have more depth now which is great for the long season . Haven’t felt this good about the niners in years . Alex will be better but he should slide a little bit earlier to keep me from fainting . Colin looks ok but please keep Alex upright . Gotta get number 6 . . . . gotta get number 6 .

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