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49ers' Michael Crabtree plenty happy with Colin Kaepernick at QB

Michael Crabtree says he's already on the same page with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was named the 49ers starting quarterback Wednesday.

Stacy Revere

The San Francisco 49ers players continue to speak out after head coach Jim Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick starting quarterback for this Sunday's game vs. the St. Louis Rams. Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News writes that wide receiver Michael Crabtree already feels a connection with Kaepernick, citing a key 15-yard completion during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints.

"I knew Kap was going to throw me the ball," Crabtree said. "We needed the first down. So really we were on the same page, trying to make the same play."

Kaepernick finished Sunday's game 16 of 25 for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Three of those completions went to Crabtree, who had 25 yards receiving. Kaepernick took over for the Smith three weeks ago during the 49ers' tie against the Rams after Smith suffered a concussion during the first half. Kaepernick started against the Bears, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Kickoff for Sunday's game is set for 10 p.m. PT and is being broadcast on Fox.