San Francisco coach Mike Singletary is sticking to the company line: Remain focused on the players who are in camp and don’t spend much time worrying when top draft pick Michael Crabtree will end his holdout and finally show up for practice.
With one week of training camp already complete, each day the standout receiver from Texas Tech misses puts him further behind in learning a new offense and becoming familiar with his teammates.
“In terms of Crabtree, when he comes in, he comes in,” Singletary said Friday. “Would you love to have him in? Absolutely. You’d love to have him. Do we want him here? Yes, we want to have him in. But until that happens, I just can’t sit back and think about the what-ifs. All I can do is concentrate on what is, and control that.”
The Niners’ receiving corps took another hit to its depth chart with the loss of Brandon Jones for eight weeks because of a small fracture in his right shoulder. Jones, who underwent X-rays on Friday, was injured during Thursday’s late practice trying to make a diving catch while all alone in the end zone during a 7-on-7 drill.
Singletary still believes he has the depth at wideout to get by, for now at least. The team’s first exhibition game is next Friday night against the Denver Broncos.
“This is not a political speech, it’s just the truth,” Singletary said. “We’ve got wide receivers that (coach) Jerry Sullivan is working his tail off with them. They’re growing, progressing, so we’re fine for right now.”
With Jones’ injury and Crabtree’s absence – the sides apparently were far apart Friday – there’s an opportunity for Dominique Zeigler and Arnaz Battle to make the team and play a role.
Still, with everything on his plate, Singletary gets a daily reminder that Crabtree isn’t around. There are constant questions about the receiver’s status and unresolved contract situation.