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Crabtree expected to play 12-15 snaps after "very good practices"

The attention surrounding Michael Crabtree has mostly dissipated since he started to go about the business of trying to live up to his contract.

And according to “several 49ers staffers” that spoke privately to ESPN this week, Crabtree reportedly enjoyed “very good practices” during San Francisco’s bye week.

The plan is for Crabtree to play 12-15 snaps, mostly at slot receiver, when the 49ers return from the bye to play Houston.

Crabtree will presumably get more snaps as the season wears on.  San Francisco’s passing attack has struggled, so Crabtree’s return and a matchup against the soft Houston secondary could provide quarterback Shaun Hill a boost.

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22 Responses to “Crabtree expected to play 12-15 snaps after "very good practices"”
  1. swervinmervin says: Oct 17, 2009 6:56 PM

    He’ll have more catches than Heyward-Bey after just one game. Sad.
    But really to be fair – DHB’s lack of catches is more on Russell than it is on Bey. Jerry Rice in his prime would only have like 15 catches max right now if he were on this current Raider team.

  2. Rex Grossman says: Oct 17, 2009 6:59 PM

    Nobody cares anymore since the 49ers, you know, suck.

  3. twinkletoes says: Oct 17, 2009 7:23 PM

    12-15 snaps may be all he needs to eclipse DHB in the receptions department. Crabtree’s success will only serve to amplify Al Davis’ inability to assess college talent.

  4. jrd8523 says: Oct 17, 2009 7:28 PM

    Only needs 2 catches to catch up to Darrius Heyward-Bey

  5. swervinmervin says: Oct 17, 2009 7:41 PM

    What these simpletons need to realize is that It’s not DHB’s fault. Russell is the worst starting QB in the league. Craptree wouldnt be doing much better if he were on the Raiders. No WR would.
    Al Davis’ big mistake WASNT DHB over Craptree. His mistake was Russell over Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson 2 years ago.

  6. INVAIDUH says: Oct 17, 2009 7:49 PM

    swervs right.

  7. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 17, 2009 8:29 PM

    Just wait till his attitude kicks up again, like after the first game, if not sooner.

  8. youngtorice says: Oct 17, 2009 8:41 PM

    # swervinmervin says: October 17, 2009 7:41 PM
    What these simpletons need to realize is that It’s not DHB’s fault. Russell is the worst starting QB in the league. Craptree wouldnt be doing much better if he were on the Raiders. No WR would.
    Al Davis’ big mistake WASNT DHB over Craptree. His mistake was Russell over Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson 2 years ago.
    Russel was a mistake, no doubt….. but DHB has 11 drops and 2 receptions out of 28 passes his way. so yeah 15 were russel’s fault. However, of the 13 that weren’t DHB only caught 2. So he has dropped nearly 85% of his catchable balls, and struggled with catching all through camp too. Whether craptree is a better pick remains to be seen, but he doesn’t have to do much to pass DHB. Yet still all signs point to 1. Cutler would have been a much better choice than russel. 2. Jeremy Maclin and Percy harvin have both proven already to be better choices than DHB. Crabtree still may be the best of them all, but that will be harder to tell until the end of the season, or even into next year since he missed so much time learning and developing. In any event, nobody can leave it just on russel’s shoulders. Yes he is playing terrible, but as a team they have far more drops than any team in the league. They would be better off playing javon washed up walker

  9. bearsrule says: Oct 17, 2009 8:52 PM

    In my dreamworld, he has a very good, but not great year. Then he holds out next year for more. Beautiful.

  10. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Oct 17, 2009 8:53 PM

    No, he will have more catches than DHB after the first quarter…it ain’t gonna take an entire game.

  11. jrd8523 says: Oct 17, 2009 8:58 PM

    swervinmervin, playing for JaMarcus Russell hasn’t stopped 4th rounder Louis Murphy from getting 6x as many catches as DHB.
    Way too early to write DHB off, but he is exactly what people expected. Extremely raw and not ready to make an immediate impact.

  12. NickMiller63 says: Oct 17, 2009 9:02 PM

    Leave it to Rex Grossman to know suck when he sees it.

  13. NinerMadman says: Oct 17, 2009 9:35 PM

    DHB has one more name than he has catches, no matter what the circumstances. That is pathetic.

  14. Legend says: Oct 17, 2009 9:36 PM

    I’m not going to say that DHB is a better receiver than Crabtree, that will reveal itself one way or another on the field. All I’ll say is that Davis passed on Crabtree for several reasons, speed only being one of them. They are;
    - Crabtree is a comparatively slow receiver.
    - Crabtree had a broken foot – worth considering on draft day when you’re talking top 10 picks. Remember Michael Bush slipped from 1st round lock to the 4th round over a broken leg.
    - Crabtree never ran a full route tree, in fact his routes in college were very “sandlot”.
    - Crabtree was getting a very bad reputation for being a “diva” – while DHB has a very solid character in every respect.
    - Crabtree publicly dissed the Raiders organization the week before the draft.
    Crabtree might turn out to be the next Jerry Rice, so I’m not defending the pick of one over the other, I’m just explaining for the morons on this board that Crabtree was not a no-brainer.
    Frankly, if I were running the Raider’s draft this past year they’d have Eugene Monroe on their Oline. But I completely understand why the didn’t pick Crabtree.

  15. swervinmervin says: Oct 17, 2009 10:46 PM

    If you are going to write DHB off as a future bust for dropping a few balls this season (even though most of the balls thrown to him were awful throws), then it is only fair that you catergorize Craptree as a future bust on the grounds of him being a HUGE cancer after holding out half the year. What’s fair is fair.

  16. INVAIDUH says: Oct 17, 2009 11:45 PM

    @youngtaurus…
    where’d you get those numbers mr. research…
    You started out spelling Russells name right at least.

  17. Bender12 says: Oct 18, 2009 1:56 AM

    “Remember Michael Bush slipped from 1st round lock to the 4th round over a broken leg.”
    1st round lock? Come on now.
    Willis McGahee had season ending knee surgery going into the draft and still got picked in the first round. Thats someone who was a first round lock.

  18. Ceedub says: Oct 18, 2009 2:00 AM

    @Rex Grossman…
    Yeah, things could get worse in San Francisco. Rex Grossman could be their starting QB. Then it would really, really “suck”.

  19. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 18, 2009 7:11 AM

    # INVAIDUH says: October 17, 2009 11:45 PM
    @youngtaurus…
    where’d you get those numbers mr. research…
    You started out spelling Russells name right at least.
    ===================================
    Exactly, INVAIDUH.
    He hasn’t even had 11 balls THROWN to him, much less 11 drops, lol.

  20. Legend says: Oct 18, 2009 8:06 AM

    Bender – I’m not gonna argue woulda/coulda/shoulda – but a quick look back at how the scouts were viewing Bush before his leg break and even the months prior to the draft would be helpful for you. He was clearly viewed as a 1st round lock before the break – after the break many scouts still saw him as a viable 1st rounder. I still own publications that projected him into the 1st round on their mocks.
    Alas, it only matters what the teams think. Obviously McGehee was very pleased that Buffalo thought enough of him to go for it.

  21. youngtorice says: Oct 18, 2009 2:56 PM

    typical of a raiders fan to make excuses for their sorry ass players and sorry ass team. Last season the receivers were blamed when russel sucked. now when the WHOLE team is playing poor, receivers and qb are BOTH at fault. You only want to blame Russel, and say the receivers aren’t being thrown to. Try getting sunday ticket so you can actually watch all those blacked out oakland games that will happen all season. I follow both bay teams every week, and the raiders just plain suck all around. Russel throws a lot more bad balls than good, but murphy is the only one not dropping all of the half decent passes

  22. Bender12 says: Oct 18, 2009 6:16 PM

    Legend, Get real
    “He was clearly viewed as a 1st round lock before the break – after the break many scouts still saw him as a viable 1st rounder.”
    Yeah, thats why 32 teams passed on him 3 times. He “clearly” was not viewed as a 1st round pick.
    “I still own publications that projected him into the 1st round on their mocks.”
    Wow, thats great. Someone who doesnt work in the NFL thought he should be a 1st round pick. Guess what the people who get paid to evaluate talent for a living thought? Go on and keep on telling me that he was a first round lock because your draft publication said so. Dont bother to pay attention to what happened when actual scouts evaluated him.

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