Michael Crabtree: ‘I Wasn’t Me’ Last Year

Michael Crabtree is back in the mix.

After a hamstring injury had sidelined the wide receiver for much of training camp, Crabtree took the field on Friday as the San Francisco 49ers practiced at Levi’s Stadium. As Crabtree explained, he expects to be out on the field through out the rest of camp.

“Why not?”

“That’s what I’m here for to play football.”

Crabtree then diminished the significance of his injury.

“It’s just a hamstring. Some guys tweak their hamstring and don’t even make the news, but I guess mine did, but it’s cool.”

The veteran wouldn’t provide a definitive answer when asked if he thinks he’ll play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“Whatever coach say. If I can go out there, I can got out there.”

The 26-year-old also admitted that he wasn’t at full strength late last season when he returned from a torn achilles tendon.

“I wasn’t 100 percent last year, but this year’s a different story.”

However, he definitely wasn’t making any excuses.

“It’s all football. I was fast enough to be on the field, but I wasn’t me. You guys have been here long enough. I’m going into my sixth year, you know when I’m at my best. You know when I ain’t looking right.”

Crabtree, who caught a touchdown pass during practice,  has big plans for the upcoming season.

“All I’m going to do is do all that I can do.”

“I’m trying to go to the top. I’m trying to be one of the best out here. I see a lot of people talking about this and that, but when you turn that film on, you see football players. You see some guys who play with heart. Guys that ain’t scared of nobody. That’s what I bring to the game. It’s going to be an exciting year. I can’t wait to be out there.”