WR Michael Crabtree - San Francisco 49ers
|6-2, 215||Born: 9-14-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10|
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General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 16: vs San Diego Chargers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colin Kaepernick has posted 11/19 for 141 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions with six sacks taken for -36 yards (and 9/46/0 rushing) at Seattle, after 18/33 for 174 yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with five sacks taken for -23 yards (with 3/26/0 rushing) at Oakland two weeks ago. With such anemic passing numbers, none of the receivers have been high-impact fantasy options, though Michael Crabtree (17 targets for 12/75/0 receiving) and Anquan Boldin (13 for 6/77/0) are at least drawing a satisfactory number of targets of late. The Chargers' pass D averages 228.2 net passing yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL), with 23 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions (27th in hte NFL) and just 20 sacks (29th) generated to date. An ailing Peyton Manning posted 14/22 for 226 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week (one sack taken for -7 yards); Tom Brady ripped this group for 28/44 yielding 310 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown two weeks ago (also with one sack taken for -7 yards). This looks like a neutral matchup for the faltering 49ers. With very little in the way of running backs likely healthy for this contest, Kaepernick will have to throw it fairly often, but the results of this are questionable given the current state of affairs in San Francisco.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Crabtree's first catch came on a short cross for five yards. He was sandwiched in between two defenders on the play and left the game for a short period with a rib injury. Crabtree returned on the next driver, but like Boldin he saw very few targets and even less separation.
2014 Week 14 vs OAK (14 / 9 / 56 / 0 rec)
Crabtree was Kaepernick's favorite target on the day and had good success on short routes underneath the coverage. His 18 yard reception in the first quarter came on a short cross that good downfield blocking turned into a big play and a first down. Crabtree also made a nice catch in very tight coverage to convert a 4th down late in the game. Just a few plays later he caught a ball on a dig route short of the marker but showed great effort to fight through two defenders for a first down. Crabtree also ran several deep routes but Kaepernick was never able to put the ball anywhere close to catchable.
2014 Week 15 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Crabtree was very limited in this game but did make one good grab in front of Richard Sherman for a 6 yard gain and a first down. His other two catches were also of the shorter variety and rather inconsequential.
Latest News49ers | Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree limited (Thu Dec 18, 05:41 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) and WR Michael Crabtree (back) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 18. Our View: The San Francisco 49ers have had a long season, but they won't roll over and die for San Diego this week, and in fact will probably do fine offensively. Gore has not been consistent this season, so he is no more than an RB3 this week, since we never know what his workload will be.
link to story 49ers | Michael Crabtree does not practice (Wed Dec 17, 06:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. Our View: You're not going to start him anyway.
link to story 49ers | Michael Crabtree probable (Fri Dec 5, 06:32 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 5, and is listed as probable for Week 14.
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