Kaepernick credits both of his star wideouts for returning to their former explosive selves so soon. Such compliments go a long way.
"It's important when it comes from your teammates," Manningham said. "I know I can get better, everybody can always get better. I'm trying to take it step by step and do what I can do to make my team look better. I'm practicing like I'm playing, just trying to make plays and come out with a 'W.'"
At the start of practice, the first full session for Crabtree since he was medically cleared Tuesday, he planted hard with his healthy right foot to cut inside on a short route. Between drills, he shuffled his feet in a little jive as Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." blared from the sound system.
Crabtree has been doing speed work for a few weeks.
"I really just want to get back out there. They really have to calm me down. I was the first person out there today stretching for no reason," he said. "When I come back I'll let you know if it's stronger. Right now I'm just trying to get going."