Crabtree's cleats aren't his sole focus


Crabtree's cleats aren't his sole focus

PROGRAMMING ALERT: 49ers Central featuring Michael Crabtree airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

As Michael Crabtree walked off the field in Seattle after the 49ers secured a 19-17 win on Dec. 24, he stopped near the entrance to the tunnel, took off his cleats and gave one shoe each to separate fans in the crowd who happened to be wearing his jersey.A Christmas present, Crabtree was heard to say. The receiver then proceeded to the locker room in his socks.A dynamic receiver on the field, Crabtree's game day attire is grabbing almost as much attention as his play. The three-year veteran closets an extensive shoe collection which includes a season's worth of new cleats.He'll often tweet out photos of his favorite custom cleats, like the pink and white pair he sported in October during the NFL's campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer. He chooses a new pair for every game which he complements with a matching pair of gloves. He never wears the same cleats twice.Crabtree explained to me his thought process when it comes to selecting his ensemble during a sit down interview in which he's the focus of the player profile for this week's 49ers Central."With the Niners, I really can't do too much. So I'm thinking you got black, you got your white and red, your white and black, your black and red. It depends on how you're feeling," Crabtree said. "If we're playing on Sunday, I'm picking Sunday morning right then and there. Right before the game I lay my outfit out. You know how you've got the first day of school? You lay your outfit out, put the shoes right there. I pretty much do that on Sunday morning."This week, Crabtree will make that decision on Saturday morning, as the 49ers play the New Orleans Saints at 1:30 p.m. in an NFC divisional playoff game.Most telling of Crabtree's mindset is that he did not have a special pair of cleats designed for the game, even though it's San Francisco's first playoff appearance since the 2002 season.Crabtreee says the game is not big enough to warrant a custom pair. He's waiting for something bigger. He's waiting for the Super Bowl.

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”


Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 4 of the 2016 season, has been a full participant as the 49ers return to the practice field this week.

Bowman worked with the first team at middle linebacker Wednesday and appeared to move at top speed as the 49ers went through the second day of on-field workouts at a voluntary minicamp.

The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, are allowed an extra voluntary minicamp as part of their offseason program. Bowman's return to the practice field was the highlight as the 49ers enter their third-week of the offseason program.

In other notes:

--The 49ers had tryouts with three unsigned veteran players: cornerback Steve Williams, and offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Kitt O’Brien.

--Wide receiver DeAndre Carter made the best catch of the day on a deep throw from quarterback Matt Barkley. Carter beat Williams on the reception.

--Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who is a candidate to play the “Leo” position, was held out of competitive drills as he continues to recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

--Ronald Blair lined up at the “Leo” position with the first-team defense and beat No. 2 right tackle Garry Gilliam for a sack in the “non-contract” drills. Aaron Lynch was at the “Leo” position with the second team.

--Tank Carradine lined up at the 5-technique, which is a position where the 49ers could target Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick.

--Kyle Juszczyk showed the versatility that prompted the 49ers to make him the highest-paid fullback in the league with several pass receptions during the 90-minute practice.

--Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerbacks with the first-team defense. Robinson made a leaping interception of a Brian Hoyer deep sideline pass against Rashad Ross during 7-on-7 drills.

--Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garçon teamed up for a 20-yard completion on the opening play of the 11-on-11 period.

--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, did not practice due to a soft-tissue injury not related to his hamstring injury of a year ago.

--Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (soft tissue), tight end Je’Ron Hamm (leg), running back Raheem Mostert (soft tissue), linebacker Eli Harold (toe) and tight end Blake Bell (cut forehead) did not practice.