Michael Crabtree caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After the game he was asked if Sunday was a good test for him to play against four-time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis.
“Who? Huh? Who?” Crabtree responded, per CSNBayArea.com. “Don’t talk to me about those guys. I’m out there playing ball. They used to be talking about some island or something. I didn’t see that.”
Crabtree missed the 49ers first 11 games of the season while recovering from Achilles surgery in May. Through three games this season, he has 11 receptions for 153 yards.
“I just want to play. I feel like I got to catch up,” said Crabtree. “Everybody keeps trying to slow me down, and telling me to chill. I don’t feel like chillin’, I feel like playing. I feel like catching touchdowns, catching balls, and making plays.”
Crabtree was clearly frustrated with Colin Kaepernick throughout Sunday’s game. When the 49ers quarterback overthrew him on a deep post in the fourth quarter, Crabtree picked up the ball and threw it back toward the line of scrimmage.
The ball hit Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David in the shoulder. And the 49ers were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“He knows he shouldn’t have done it,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “What I think was he ran a good route, was open on the post and got over-led and then picked up the ball and got (emotionally) hijacked a little bit and threw it back in there.
“(He’s) got a heck of an arm.”
But two plays later on a third-and-12, Kaepernick connected with Crabtree on a 14-yard reception. The 49ers went on to take a nine-point lead following a Phil Dawson field goal.
“I feel like I came a long way,” Crabtree said. “All that rehabbing. All those days you can’t sleep at home because you’re thinking about football. And now the day has come for me to go play, and I’m just taking it in stride.”
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