Smith’s challenge is staying prepared

Alex Smith is “one snap away” and he’s been trying to remain prepared with plenty of mental reps since the beginning of the regular season. I spoke with Smith yesterday about his approach to being a backup and working during the bye week with new receiver Michael Crabtree.



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Smith will throw some passes to Michael Crabtree today at the 49ers’ practice facility. Crabtree is cramming for his first test: Oct. 25 against the Houston Texans.


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