"I basically spent the whole time I was out there in my room at Taylor's house studying the playbook," Johnson said. Johnson said he didn't want to be a burden on Mays and doesn't have enough money to rent a place of his own in the expensive Bay Area. So he flew back to Muskegon and is now staying with his uncle.
Johnson, who was known for his work ethic at USC, said he works out three times a day at a nearby high school. One of the three sessions involves catching passes from a high school team - "luckily, he still has a strong arm," Johnson said - and running routes from his new team's playbook.
Johnson said the 49ers routes are similar to the ones he ran with the Trojans. But they're called different names and the overall concepts are a little different. And that's what he's trying to master every night while he and the rest of the rookies wait out the lockout. Baalke suggested that Johnson's best fits were as a flanker
and slot receiver. Johnson, however, said he intended to learn all three receiver positions.
"It will give me a better chance to get on the field," he said.
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It's sad when a rookie is out-hustling a vet, and is why I believe Crabtree will never be great until he figures out the work ethic part. Crabtree was taken not because his work ethic but because of his measurables - he "fell" to us. This rookie is eating and sleeping his playbook, learning all the receiving spots, and has already been to the bay to workout with his teammates.
Rice used to say every off-season that he "felt like a rookie" and he was convinced he hadn't achieved all he could have. Crabtree comes across to me as if he's waiting for someone ELSE to do something, THEN he will give his all.