Jimmy Raye didn't mince words today when asked about the challenge he and his offensive coaches face in getting newly signed Michael Crabtree up to speed and onto the field. "We have a 10- to 14-day window to try to do something that has taken us a group since March to do," he said. ".... It's a challenge, but it's one we're up to."
Though his recovery from foot surgery didn't allow him to take part in any spring practices, Crabtree was studying the split-end position, which is currently occupied by Josh Morgan. Raye said Crabtree would continue to learn that position. However, his first snaps could come as the slot receiver in the third-down package. "I think it will be easier if he had a concentrated package," Raye said. "And right now, in my mind, that would be the third-down package."