SAN FRANCISCO - The 49ers saw little movement in the competition for the starting quarterback job Friday night, and there wasn?t much going on in their efforts to sign Michael Crabtree, either.
Shaun Hill started, and played one series. Alex Smith came in and got four shots to see what he could do. Neither created any separation from the other in the 49ers 17-16 victory over the Denver Broncos in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Meanwhile, 49ers? team president Jed York expressed confidence the franchise will be able to sign Crabtree, chosen with the No. 10 overall pick. He said there have been no new developments, and he did not offer a timetable.
?We?ll get it done,? 49ers president Jed York said. ?I don?t know when, but we?ll get it done.?
However, the sides remain far apart. The 49ers are offering a contract commensurate with the 10th pick in the draft, while Crabtree?s side is looking for a contract along the lines of the five-year, $38 million contract the Raiders awarded seventh-pick Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Crabtree will either play for the 49ers in 2009 or he will not play at all. York said the deadline passed Friday in which clubs are allowed to trade the rights to unsigned rookies.
?We?re all in,? York said.
But the 49ers do not know, yet, whom will be in at quarterback when the regular season begins Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Hill completed both of his pass attempts to Vernon Davis for 41 yards. Davis figures to be a bigger part of the 49ers? offense this season with new coordinator Jimmy Raye expected to feature the tight end.
?Vernon?s had a great camp, and he continued to come out tonight and do a good job,? Hill said.
Smith connected on 5 of 7 passes for 33 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass to neophyte fullback Brit Miller.
One of Smith?s misfires was an uncatchable throw to rookie running back Glen Coffee that could have gone for big yardage late in the first half. Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers last season, dialed up a six-man blitz but Smith threw low to Coffee.
Smith was sacked once, while the Broncos? defense twice got to Hill, who took the blame for holding the ball too long when the 49ers had moved to the Denver 26-yard line.
?That sack I took down there on first down, I need to get off my first read quick and get to No. 2 and throw it away if that?s not there,? Hill said.
?I thought they (Hill and Smith) played OK. Nothing really makes you jump one way or another,? said 49ers head coach Mike Singletary.
Third-stringer Damon Huard helped the 49ers pull out the victory with a little help from Miller, who played linebacker at Illinois. Miller caught two touchdown passes, the second of which came with 7:48 in the game.
Miller caught a Huard pass and raced 40 yards for a touchdown. Then, Huard hit rookie tight end Bear Pascoe on the two-point conversion for a 17-10 lead.
Huard finished the game going 7-of-9 passing for 98 yards and the touchdown.
The first-half stars for the 49ers were in the defensive backfield.
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