Jim Harbaugh says Michael Crabtree is a team player

All eyes in San Francisco are going to be on quarterback Alex Smith, who is getting an extended chance to make the 49ers selection of him No. 1 overall in the 2005 draft pay off.

After that, a big spotlight will be on Michael Crabtree, the wide receiver selected 10th overall in 2009, the one who had the protracted holdout.

Crabtree’s already made some noise this offseason when he didn’t exactly back Smith. Then, his new position coach John Morton predicted big things for him.

Now? Jim Harbaugh calls the former Texas Tech star a “good guy.” Then, he calls him a team guy.

It sounds like the first-year coach is supportive of Crabtree, who needs to have a big season for Smith to take off.

“Well, I've been around him a little bit, and Crab, to me, is a good guy and a good football player,” Harbaugh said during an interview on KNBR, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I know he's a good guy. I know the other guys on our team are good guys and that's another interesting part of watching these guys figure it out. I know, personally, when it comes to me, and I got in quite a few scrapes growing up, most people ... have had some run-ins at some point in time, and usually you're better friends after, because of it.

“He's got the license and he's got the ability and from my experience being around him, I think he's a guy that's about us and about the team being successful.”

Everyone will be watching to see if Crabtree is a team guy for the new staff.

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