49ers Backup Crabby Over Crabtree Starting

By Joe Kukura
|  Thursday, Oct 22, 2009  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01: Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during practice as quaterback Alex Smith #11 practices during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Crabtree was the 49ers first round draft pick. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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After finishing his first practice after being named an NFL starter, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, "I feel like I need to be a good teammate and have fun in my situation. I'm surrounded by good players and good teammates."

Good teammates? He must not have known what some of them were telling the media behind his back.

Crabtree's move up the 49ers' depth chart comes at the expense of fellow wide receiver Brandon Jones, and Jones took the news with all the poise and maturity of a one-year-old on skunk weed.

"To be honest, I don't know," Jones snapped to the Sacramento Bee, when asked bout his role with Crabtree moving to the active roster. "That's what I'm trying to figure out. I thought I was a receiver, but I guess I'm a special teams helper. I don't know. I just do what I can and just help out the team the best way I can. But at this time, I'm wondering the same thing you are."

The 49ers signed Jones to a $16 million contract this off season, and he's rewarded them with zero catches so far.

"I've tried to seek answers. Of course, you're not going to get the answers that you want. But I've seeked answers." Jones complained. "If it was up to me, if I was the coach, I'd be playing. That's why it's not my job."

At this rate, Brandon Jones' job won't be with the 49ers next year.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who wonders what's so bad about being an overpaid special teams player.

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