Roman thinks 49ers getting Crabtree's best

July, 31, 2014
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Michael Crabtree has been a major topic in the first week of the San Francisco 49ers' training camp.

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Crabtree looks to be completely recovered from a torn Achilles he suffered in May, 2013. Crabtree returned in December after missing the first 11 games of the season. While he was productive, Crabtree wasn’t all the way back. However, he has been at full speed this summer and teammates have remarked how strong he looks.

San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman took it one step further Thursday. Roman thinks Crabtree, entering his sixth NFL season, is at his best.

“I’m saying he’s better than the old Michael Crabtree,” Roman said. “Why? Just physical conditioning, understanding of the game. I think he played the game last year under less-than-ideal circumstances, and had to adjust his game a little bit to account for that. So, think that maybe just brought a little bit even more experience to his game.”

Roman said Crabtree, who will be a free agent after the season and who the 49ers want to re-sign, is at the top of every aspect of his game.

“I just think he’s in better shape. But he’s playing strong, very quick, explosive,” Roman said. “Really driven to take care of all the little details on things, the technique things, and that’s what’s really stood out to me the most.”

Crabtree didn’t practice Thursday after departing practice early Wednesday. Roman said it does not appear to be serious.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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