Putting Crabtree in perspective

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Michael Crabtree will likely be eligible to start between nine and 11 regular-season games in 2009, depending on whether the 49ers use all of the roster exemption they will surely receiver beginning this week.

The schedule sets up favorably for Crabtree and the 49ers because the team has a bye in Week 6. The down week should give the 49ers an opportunity to dedicate extra time to getting Crabtree ready.

The first game following the bye is at Houston, in Crabtree's home state.

The chart shows how late Crabtree is reporting relative to other first-round choices since 2001 who remained unsigned into September or later. ESPN Stats & Analysis came up with the information.