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Biggs: Crabtree put to work during bye weekend

First-round pick getting crash course on offense Brad Biggs

Print This October 15, 2009, 10:05 AM EST

The San Francisco 49ers were given a four-day weekend with the bye starting today, but two players will be at the team’s facility making up for lost time—Michael Crabtree, who will be catching passes from Alex Smith.

The club’s first-round draft pick, who signed his contract just more than a week ago, is still getting a crash course on the offense to get him ready for his debut Oct. 25 at Houston. That means plenty of extra work over the bye, and the club has even brought back ex-Chicago Bears wide receiver Wendell Davis to assist. Davis was a minority intern during camp for the Niners, so it will be his first exposure to Crabtree.

“It's a process," Crabtree said. “I feel I've got good teammates helping me. They have the same goal I have, to get better.”

The plan is for Crabtree to be used in a small package of plays against the Texans. He’s being worked in as a slot receiver to begin with, and then they will expand opportunities for him. It could be weeks until they really lean on him.

“Michael is doing fine," coach Mike Singletary said. "He's working his tail off. Every rep he takes makes him that much better. He's been studying. It shows on the field - he doesn't ask many questions. He's going to be working (Wednesday, today), Friday, Saturday, as well as some on Sunday. We really want hands-on all the way."

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