Originally posted by chico49erfan:Originally posted by BMore9ersfan:
Why are people saying that Crabtree has to start from the beginning? We have pretty good WR depth, so why not let him split time and learn to play in the league. He's going to have to learn how to get separation and beat the press at the line of scrimmage, so why rush him? It usually takes WRs a couple years to hit their stride in the pros. Yes there have been exceptions, but they tend to be athletic freaks. I'd like to see him back up at all three WR positions.
And for those saying Bruce should play the slot, it's not going to happen. He is neither quick or shifty enough to be a slot receiver. He'll play the Flanker position and when he's in, one of the younger guys will shift to the slot.
My guess would be:
Bruce/Jones = Flanker
Morgan = Split End
Hill = Slot
Crabtree will see plenty of time, but be moved around.
I think Crabtree should start because he could be the best WR on the field when it comes to the beginning of the season. I think that's what everyone is hoping for and that = production + wins = happy fans and good looks at the front office.
I have a hard time believing that a guy that wont even be ready to run until TC, will be the best WR on the team by the first game of the season. I think Crabtree will eventually distinguish himself as the best WR on the team, but there will be a adjustment period. As fans we'll need to be patient and let the guy develop.