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WR Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders

6-2, 215Born: 9-14-1987College: Texas TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Crabtree gave way to Amari Cooper for end zone targets in Week 1, but he took back over in Week 2 to the tune of three scores. He's still a strong WR2 going into a matchup with Washington.

Week 3: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Good matchup. While the overall passing numbers were not great for the Raiders last week as Derek Carr only threw for 230 yards, it was extremely efficient as Carr was 23/28 with three touchdowns led by Michael Crabtree catching all three of the touchdown passes. This is an offense so far that has been one of the best passing attacks in football and if this game was ever in doubt Carr and company could easily have had a big day offensively. The Redskins passing defense has struggled a little bit this season as they have allowed the seventh most passing yards in their two games against the Eagles and the Rams. Figuring out the Redskins is normally pretty easy as you want to avoid whoever Josh Norman is covering, as outside of Norman the Redskins have struggled against the opposing receivers. The issue is that Norman has not been a shadow cornerback this season instead lining up primarily on the left side of the ball, so both Crabtree and Cooper will see him which means that both should see time away from him as well against Bashaud Breeland who while he has played better this season really struggled last season so it remains to be seen if it is just a small sample size or if the 25 year old has turned a corner in his development.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at TEN 48 0 0 0 7 6 83 0 0 8.3
2 vs NYJ 35 0 0 0 6 6 80 3 0 26
3 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (6 / 6 / 80 / 3 rec)

After Cooper dominated the headlines in Week 1, it was Crabtree who took a star turn in Week 2. While he saw only six targets, Crabtree was hyper-efficient. He got off to a quick start with a 26-yard catch on a flea flicker in the first quarter. Lynch tossed it back to Carr who found Crabtree running wide open deep down the field. Crabtree had a very favorable matchup against the Jets, mostly facing single coverage against 5'9" cornerback Buster Skrine or the mediocre Justin Burris. Crabtree's first touchdown came from two yards out. Carr threw a back shoulder fade into the corner of the end zone and Crabtree easily went up, used his height advantage, and snagged the ball over Skrine. Crabtree's second touchdown again came in single coverage, this time on a back-shoulder fade against Justin Burris. On 3rd-and-6 from the 26-yard line, Carr threw it up to Crabtree who came back for the under-thrown ball and out-leaped the smaller corner and pushed his way into the end zone. Carr caught his third touchdown late in the game. From one yard out, he separated from Burris on a quick out route to make for an easy pitch and catch.

2017 Week 1 vs TEN (7 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had a strong day, showing a knack for making contested catches and an ability to make plays after the catch. Hisfirst catch of the season came back when he was whistled for offensive pass interference. There's a fine line between savvy veteran hand play to create separation and pushing off that Crabtree often skirts. He made up for the mistake two plays later by drawing a 24-yard defensive pass interference call to keep the chains moving on 3rd-and-16. He looked spry after catching a short slant, shaking a tackle and accelerating upfield for a 25-yard gain into the red zone. Crabtree had a 17-yard contested catch down the right sideline later in the first half. He came close to drawing another offensive pass interference call on himself, but the referee held the flag. Crabtree was the go-to guy in the hurry up offense and made a pair of nice plays along the sideline to help get the Raiders into field goal range before halftime.


Latest News

Raiders | Three TDs for Michael Crabtree (Sun Sep 17, 10:06 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree finished with six catches for 80 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-20 win over the New York Jets in Week 2.

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Raiders | Michael Crabtree plays well (Sun Sep 10, 05:08 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree caught six passes for 83 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.

Our View: Crabtree was as strong as ever and targeted frequently by Derek Carr. He'll be a solid WR2 against the Jets next week.
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