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Will the 49ers get anything useful out of Michael Crabtree before 2010?


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It's hard to envision Crabtree making a much bigger mark in his rookie campaign than Russell did and here's why:

* The 49ers have already said Crabtree won't play until Week 7 at the earliest.

* Though the San Francisco offense is less complicated now under offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye than it was under Mike Martz in 2008, Crabtree still has to master the concepts and nuances of an NFL scheme.

* Sitting atop the NFC West, the 49ers have little incentive to fix what isn't broken and will likely stick with starting WRs Josh Morgan and Isaac Bruce for the duration. And, by the way, WR Brandon Jones, who got a nice free-agent package from the Niners in the offseason, is expected to rejoin the mix this weekend after recovering from an August shoulder injury.

* And just how hard is it for receivers to adjust to the NFL? If you judge by the numbers, consider that three rookies have had 1,000-yard receiving seasons in the last 10 years: Anquan Boldin (2003), Michael Clayton (2004) and Marques Colston (2006). Crabtree is obviously no threat to reach that plateau, but the numbers are a testament to the fact that first-year running backs are much more prone to paying immediate dividents than wideouts.

And the number one reason he will not make a mark until 2010:

Because college football is a whole, entire, complete level beneath the pros and he is playing with the big dogs now.

Sorry SEC fans. I know you aren't supposed to say this out loud. But we all know it.

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It's hard to envision Crabtree making a much bigger mark in his rookie campaign than Russell did and here's why:

* The 49ers have already said Crabtree won't play until Week 7 at the earliest.

* Though the San Francisco offense is less complicated now under offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye than it was under Mike Martz in 2008, Crabtree still has to master the concepts and nuances of an NFL scheme.

* Sitting atop the NFC West, the 49ers have little incentive to fix what isn't broken and will likely stick with starting WRs Josh Morgan and Isaac Bruce for the duration. And, by the way, WR Brandon Jones, who got a nice free-agent package from the Niners in the offseason, is expected to rejoin the mix this weekend after recovering from an August shoulder injury.

* And just how hard is it for receivers to adjust to the NFL? If you judge by the numbers, consider that three rookies have had 1,000-yard receiving seasons in the last 10 years: Anquan Boldin (2003), Michael Clayton (2004) and Marques Colston (2006). Crabtree is obviously no threat to reach that plateau, but the numbers are a testament to the fact that first-year running backs are much more prone to paying immediate dividents than wideouts.

And the number one reason he will not make a mark until 2010:

Because college football is a whole, entire, complete level beneath the pros and he is playing with the big dogs now.

Sorry SEC fans. I know you aren't supposed to say this out loud. But we all know it.

What did you mean by that? Texas Tech is not in the SEC...

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What did you mean by that? Texas Tech is not in the SEC...

I mean all the fans here in the South think that college football is great and worth watching, and the fact is, it is one baby step past High School. I watch it when there is nothing else on, and its raining. Meanwhile, it is all 680 the Fan will talk about, you see the big G flags waving everywhere on cars like college football is relevant, etc.

To use a couple of local examples - Stafford and Moreno.

They killed here.

They are going to barely keep their heads above water out there. Stafford might not even get a chance to prove himself until next year. Moreno couldn't get a first down time after time last Sunday night. Against a team that didn't score a point in the second half.

Another example - Archie Griffin. The only Two Time Heisman Award winner.

Washed out in a year with the pros.

I just can't stand college football or the fans that don't understand it is like heaven and earth when it comes to the NFL.

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