The team's trade for Anquan Boldin went a long way toward solidifying things. During a Tuesday appearance on "NFL Total Access," Crabtree explained his reaction to the move.
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"One legendary guy leaves, another one comes in," said Crabtree, referring to the departed Randy Moss and -- we suppose -- Boldin. "We need him. The guy can make some plays. We're short on receivers with Teddy Ginn and Randy Moss leaving. The addition of Anquan should be great."
Crabtree calls Boldin a "playmaker" who can play inside or outside. Boldin isn't going to be the week-in and week-out star he was during the most recent postseason, but his presence is an obvious upgrade over Moss. With Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams recovering from serious knee injuries, Boldin is even more important.
Citing his preference to avoid controversy, Crabtree sidestepped a question from Andrew Siciliano about whether Kaepernick trusted him more than Smith. That's debatable, but we know Crabtree went from good to great after Jim Harbaugh made the switch at quarterback.