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MT: Harbaugh Likes Crabtree/Boldin Combo

Posted by Taylor Price on May 2, 2013 – 8:57 AM

Jim Harbaugh had some memorable words about his newest receiver, Quinton Patton, in a Thursday night interview with KNBR.

The 49ers coach shared a unique story on how his fourth-round pick flew out to California eager to work for his professional team, but was told to turn around so he could avoid breaking NFL rules.

The story overshadowed Harbaugh’s comments on his own veteran receiver, Michael Crabtree.

The fifth-year pro totaled career-highs across the board in 2012 with 85 receptions, 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound wideout became the ninth player in team history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season and the first 49ers player to do it since 2003 (Terrell Owens).

When Harbaugh was asked about the addition of Anquan Boldin to San Francisco’s roster, the 49ers coach quickly pointed out that the 11-year veteran will fit in nicely with Cratbree, the emerging play-maker.

“Having two high-level, top-notch productive receivers in this league, I think they’ll help each other immensely in that way,” the 49ers coach said.

“Michael’s a proven, front-line receiver and so is Anquan Boldin.”

The 49ers haven’t had two, 1,000-yard receiving seasons since 1998 when Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice totaled 1,157 yards and Owens added 1,097 yards. The duo also combined to catch 24 touchdowns (Owens 15, Rice 9).

Crabtree’s 2012 production came into greater focus thanks to his inclusion on ProFootballFocus.com’s Top 101 players list.

Crabtree was the 12th member of San Francisco’s roster to make the list. He was unranked in 2011, but came in at No. 37 this time around.

“Crabtree continued to look like one of the most impressive after-the-catch receivers in the league, forcing 19 missed tackles (including the postseason) while also adding 12 touchdowns,” PFF.com wrote.

Other 49ers to make PFF’s current list (Justin Smith No. 87, Colin Kaepernick No. 81, Anthony Davis No. 80, Tarell Brown No. 75, Frank Gore No. 71, Anquan Boldin No. 63, NaVorro Bowman No. 59, Aldon Smith No. 57, Mike Iupati No. 53, Alex Boone No. 50 and Vernon Davis, No. 39).


Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discussed the promotions in the 49ers personnel department.

Matt Maiocco of the CSNBayArea.com gave early odds on the 49ers 53-man roster.

Don Banks of SI.com thinks the Boldin trade was the best offseason value move in the NFL.

49ers.com caught up with second-year linebacker Darius Fleming who has returned to the field following a season-ending knee injury.

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46 Responses to “MT: Harbaugh Likes Crabtree/Boldin Combo”

  1. By 49fsince67 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    This finally gives us two wide recievers on the field that can get open at the same time (this obviously excludes Vernon as he’s an ‘end)

  2. By tanglung on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    49ERS FEVER

  3. By phatalerror on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    “This finally gives us two wide recievers on the field that can get open at the same time (this obviously excludes Vernon as he’s an ‘end)”

    There were a lot of years when Alex Smith didn’t even have one.

    Let’s see what Kaepernick (7-3 in starts) can do with a better offense than Alex Smith (20-6 since 2011 not including his unfinished game against the Rams in 2012) ever had to work with. Maybe he can produce as many big wins as Smith did.

    Someone please hit fast forward and get us to the regular season already. All that’s left between now and then is four months of hype.

  4. By shawn on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Did I miss something? Was P. Will not on the list???

  5. By Hermie on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Willis would have to be in the top 15 players in the NFL!!

  6. By Hermie on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    WaaWaaWaa…here is why most of us like Kaep better…
    1) Harbaugh says he is better than Alex
    2) Kaep has a better arm
    3) Kaep has better pocket awareness
    4) Kaep has better feet/legs
    5) Kaep is younger bigger upside
    6) Kaep has broken at least two 9ers records in his first 10 starts (with QB’s named Tittle, Brodie, Montana and Young…that is saying A LOT)
    7) Kaep has gotten us to a playoffs and a SB in his first half season of starting

    Alex’s Attriobutes
    1) Alex is a better game manager…
    2) Alex is a better game manager at this point in his career

    Darn…can’t think of anything else!!

  7. By 11yearswithalex on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    come on dude alex leaveing was the best thing for the niners …now the team can move forward instead of waiting for nothing to happen …….alex will have his day and we will see if he thrives in a system with a defense not even near ours and a special teams as good as ours ….not to mention best punter ….alex wasted a lot of peoples time ……now move on and look at the abundant future of our team

  8. By 11yearswithalex on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    alex would not have beaten the patriots or the falcons ….he will show us all how good he is …..as he watches the niners domination …….post the alex checkdown show …and those 20 wins you claim to be his …..i bet the defense would have something to say about that they saved 9 games when alex could not ice the game with a first down ……….past is past ….our future is bounds over the lackluster alex era ……….no matter how much you try he is not here and never will be again so get over it

  9. By ninerNATION on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Relax, the list isn’t done yet, top 30 hasn’t been released yet…. P-Willis WILL be on there haha.

  10. By tanglung on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    blah blah blah and blah…. BOOOOOORING….. Try saying something positive for a change…. You don’t alway’s have to be a D I C K…. oooops…. I forgot who I was talking about……

  11. By Marisa on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    For the love of Haagen-Daz ice cream some people need to get it through their skulls that Alex Smith is GONE already, you either are a Niners fan or an Alex Smith fan if your a Niners fan we just roll with it. If your an Alex Smith fan find a Chiefs board and cry there. I love the stock of receivers and the defense too because it provides depth, those injuries the Niners had proved how much depth is important.

  12. By bow53 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    marisa, its been like this fr.the get go, one guy here can’t face the reality on wants going on in this world sort of stuck in time,can’t move on, can’t handle that alex is gone,just like u said be a niner fan , roll with it or just buzzzzz off, can’t do that either, so just ignore it and be a true niner faithful…cuz’ blah blah blah is not a 49er fan……and thats a simple stat.

  13. By MZ on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    The PFF top 101 list goes 10 at a time, and they haven’t finished yet. #’s 20-11 will be the next installment. Willis will be in the top 21 without question. On another note, I understand he didn’t play a full season, but having Kaep behind Russell Wilson is questionable in it’s own right, but 57 spots behind him? WTF, that is absurd… I’d take Kaep over every QB in the league, including Discount Double Check

  14. By phatalerror on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    “just like u said be a niner fan , roll with it or just buzzzzz off, can’t do that either, so just ignore it and be a true niner faithful”

    …and be blind. Like Hermie: “Kaep has better pocket awareness”

    No, he doesn’t. He can’t stand in the pocket like Alex did. So half of us wait through the off-season to see if Kaepernick makes a quantum leap at the position in time to overcome defenses that will be ready to snuff his earlier scramble-prone game, while the other half are arguing that Colin Kaepernick should already have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    No, I will not use “fan” as a synonym for “blind”. And I won’t stand idly by while you pervert the use of the word “fan” into something it is not.

    Just 129 more days before Kaepernick attempts to *show* us he is half as good as you say he is. I’m not sure what that will prove, seeing as Alex Smith’s record against the Packers during the Jim Harbaugh years is 1-0. We’ll set the bar low: Kaepernick just has to help his team win the game. And if the 49ers should lose, what will you say?

    I guess you have 129 days to come up with a response. It had better be a good response for all of the trash you have talked.

  15. By Ger on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I have no time for people bashing Alex Smith. When the 49rs didn’t have much of an Oline, Smith was there. When the 49rs didn’t have much in the way of receivers, Smith was there. When the 49rs didn’t have a secondary, Smith was there. When the 49rs sucked big time, Smith was there and he didn’t give up. He never gave up. We could still be in a tailspin, if it wasn’t for Smith. So cut the guy some slack. He was a 49r. He stayed true to the 49rs . I will always appreciate what he did for us. So stop bashing on him. He earned your respect. You haven’t earned any respect yet.

  16. By Hermie on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry Ger…nobody is bashing on Alex…just telling it like it is.

  17. By Hermie on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    As far as pocket awareness, there is a reason Alex used to get sacked a lot!

  18. By tanglung on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Colin Kaepernick and HIS 49ERS….

  19. By Niners82 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Alex Smith have The Catch 3 and that something the haters will never take away from him. Go Niners!

  20. By Julius on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Why is quinton patton writing #godisgood? There is no such thing as god

  21. By guitarman17 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Looking like a tough year for Jenkins. Boldin, Crabtree, Manningham, Williams, Patton. Hopefully the competition makes us better. Is James going to start ahead of Hunter? Still want to see us sign Woodson on a mentor type contract. If he’s got one more year in him and we can get him at Nnamdi money, that would be a nice pickup to help out the new, young fella Reid. I’m guessing Dahl is crossing his fingers hoping that doesn’t happen.

  22. By 801tman on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Cannot wait for the next season to start. With wide receivers that can be open and with Kaepernick’s running threat, I can see a lot of drives becoming touchdowns.

  23. By bow53 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    nobody is bashing on alex smith, mostly guys here ,i’m not saying all, most of us are greatful and thanking him for his greatness in effort us r ex-qb, but the reality of it is his no longer a niner, we have a better qb now than him, thats all were saying here is to move on and support who is calling the shots now in the middle, IS THAT HARD TO UNDERSTAND??

  24. By jbravo7777 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Are there really people still thinking that Alex Smith is better than Kaepernick? Ridicalous.. By the way if Collin was on those 49er teams when Alex had no wrs he still would of put up big numbers. Qbs make the wrs look good. Look at Tom Brady. Collin Kaepernick will be a top 5 Qb after 2013 season.

  25. By jbravo7777 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Crabtree Boldin Patton and Vernon Davis Vance McDonald could be a lethal wide receiver corps…

  26. By jbravo7777 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Now all we need is to find a better cover safety than Donte Whitner. CJ Spillman should take his job in camp. Whitner killed us in the playoffs and superbowl.

  27. By ace on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    oh darn check this out marshawn lynch dui might have him suspended for 2 games

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2013/5/2/4294334/49ers-vs-seahawks-marshawn-lynch-suspension-dui

  28. By ace on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    this is part of who we were and how we got here so ty #11 and good luck in kc

  29. By tanglung on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

  30. By phatalerror on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    “if Collin was on those 49er teams when Alex had no wrs he still would of put up big numbers. Qbs make the wrs look good. Look at Tom Brady.”

    Then explain why “elite” Eli Manning went from Super Bowl quarterback to missing the playoffs when all he lost was Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs. Why do Cam Newton’s Panthers have a 13-19 record? Why did the Lions go from a 2011 playoff contender to drafting fifth overall in 2013 on just the injury of Nate Burleson and the issues of Titus Young?

    This is by no means exhaustive, but it’s pretty clear that there’s a limit to your statement. Why didn’t Colin Kaepernick make his receivers look good in the Seahawks game? Because most of his receiving corps was injured by then, and the ones remaining really weren’t that great on their own. This is why I don’t have any basis for confidence in your final statement:

    “Collin Kaepernick will be a top 5 Qb after 2013 season.”

    The 49ers will win despite Kaepernick, not because of him. Defensive coordinators around the league will make sure he doesn’t get away with all of the out-of-the-pocket scrambling nonsense he did in 2012. Kaepernick is 1-3 in starts against divisional opponents, and that is a stat that matters when your division is being called the best in the league.

  31. By mfkram64 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    it’s soooooo old…….who cares what u have to say blahblahblah? it’s the same old song and dance…..your novels r on the free rack in the book store….NO ONE WANTS TO READ THEM ANYMORE!!!!

  32. By tanglung on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    BLAH BLAH BLAH

  33. By phatalerror on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    “it’s soooooo old…….who cares what u have to say blahblahblah? it’s the same old song and dance…..your novels r on the free rack in the book store….NO ONE WANTS TO READ THEM ANYMORE!!!!”

    “BLAH BLAH BLAH”

    …they said when confronted with irrefutable logic.

  34. By mfkram64 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    whose logic? yours?

  35. By mfkram64 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    u r the only one who thinks your logic is logic….do u read any of the post on this blog? NO ONE CARES ABOUT ALEX SMITH ANYMORE!!!! NO ONE BASHES THE TEAM LIKE U!!!!

  36. By mfkram64 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    do u ever read what u post? u have a funny way of showing u r a niner fan…u bash one of the up an coming stars of the game colin kaepernick…u put down the coaching staff…u just beat to death the alex smith thing…so u say u r a true niner fan? again u have a funny way of showing it!!!!

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    MY biggest problem with blahblahblah is how he takes peoples quotes and starts off using someone else’s comments to begin his own,,he’s mocking what you are saying,that is a-typical woman type $hit,

  38. By tanglung on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Blahblah is so full of blah…lolololol

  39. By phatalerror on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    “MY biggest problem with blahblahblah is how he takes peoples quotes and starts off using someone else’s comments to begin his own,,he’s mocking what you are saying…”

    If you think I do this for the sole purpose of mockery, you are wrong. The mockery is only a by-product of the ignorance that gets spouted around here.

    There is a certain irony in that your quote was used in this manner.

  40. By tanglung on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    blahblahblah blah blah blahblahblahblahblah blah blahblahblah blah blah…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………blahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblah……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………blah

  41. By phatalerror on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    tanglung: “blah”

    Exactly. That’s all you ever contribute here. No analysis, no perception, just nothingness.

    Come back when you have something useful to say.

  42. By tanglung on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    blahblah, i still have a question for you….

  43. By rjdniner on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    if the state of California were to tap into the energy that is wasted on this site ,then they don,t have to worry about the rolling blackouts that may happen in the future, 49erdef your the only one that makes any sense when you post a comment …….

  44. By DDBear on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Friends:
    A little more intelligent thought and resulting comment would be appreciated. I’ve been a fan of the 49ers since 1948. Our team like all others are dependent upon a three way relationship with the Management, the Coaching, and the Players. If there is any weakness in any of the three mentioned areas, the results will be noticed on the field. The 49ers have been on the bottom, and on the top, it looks like we are headed to the top again. This does not mean that any one involved is a good or bad player, coach or manager, it means that the combination seems to be working well in all three important areas.

    Alex Smith was not a bad Quarterback, we were a less than optimal team in the three areas mentioned above during most of his time here. Since the Quarterback is often the focus of these interactions, he did not thrive. His last two seasons indeed were pretty good. Colin may , and probably will prove to be the better of the two, but it is to soon to make any final judgement. To condemn Alex with all the upheavals over the past years that he had to deal with is unfair and unintelligent.

  45. By mfkram64 on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    sorry ddbear but it’s unfair and unintelligent to condemin colin kaepernick like one person does on this site….he has played 2 years and only started 13 games in the nfl….an for a person to pick apart everything he does that is unfair and unintelligent…..

  46. By LennySF on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    DDBear is right. I’m a Niner fan from Jersey since the 80s’. Alex did the best he could with a revolving door of OCs’. He never had a chance to get used to one system until Harbaugh. By then it was too late. I wish him luck in KC. We all should. Remember he started out as a Niner.

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