Originally posted by shortyniner:
Barring a lockout, he'll play this preseason due to Harbaugh training and shaping Crabtree, Smith into Football players.
Q: Any word on Crabtree? Lots of complaints from fans that he is not working out with the guys in the bay. (Valentine Rodriguez)
My response: Michael Crabtree was at the 49ers' team offices on April 28. Josh Morgan told me Crabtree has a copy of the playbook. Some players have bumped into him from time to time this offseason, but I've been told he's doing most of his offseason conditioning in Texas. Here's no question Crabtree is remaining in good physical condition.
But there's so much more he can be doing right now to maximize his potential.
There are about a dozen players who are taking part regularly in the workouts. How much benefit are the players getting from meeting four days a week? It's difficult to gauge. But I understand the fans' concerns about Crabtree. After all, he has yet to play in an exhibition game with the 49ers. With it now apparent that Alex Smith will be back at quarterback, both Crabtree and Smith have a lot to gain from spending more time together and talking about the new playbook.
In a normal offseason, Crabtree would be here anyway. He is contractually obligated to take part in at least 90 percent of all team functions.
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[ Edited by global_nomad on May 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM ]