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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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17 at DEN 35 0 0 0 8 5 47 0 0 4.7
18 at HOU 39 0 0 0 7 2 33 0 0 3.3

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2016 Week 18 vs HOU (7 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Crabtree made the first positive offensive play of the day for the Oakland offense, a 19-yard catch and run on an out route. A few plays later, he was unable to pull in a low throw on 3rd-and-long that would have gone for 20 yards. Oakland challenged the incomplete call, but replay confirmed that the ball hit the ground. Crabtree snagged a 14-yard reception on a slant route early in the second quarter. The Raiders went back to the same play a few snaps later, but Crabtree had the ball bounce off his hands. Drops were a major issue for Crabtree down the stretch. It's possible that the finger injury he has been playing through contributed to the issue. Since so many of Crabtree's targets come on third down, most of the drops were drive killers and stand out as especially costly. Crabtree later had costly penalties on back-to-back plays. He was whistled for offensive pass interference, nullifying a 10-yard reception and then was called for a false start on the next play. Crabtree left the game early in the fourth quarter with a minor injury.

2016 Week 17 vs DEN (8 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Crabtree was able to just barely get enough yards to top 1,000 on the season. He was a victim early of McGloin's terrible accuracy as the veteran threw it well over Crabtree's head on what should have been a solid gain over the middle. Crabtree made a few nice grabs, including a 17-yarder down the sideline on which he turned Aqib Talib inside out with a sweet move. He'll continue to be one of the Raiders go-to offensive weapons in the playoffs, but the offensive pie is considerably smaller without Carr in the lineup. The Raiders never even made it to the red zone against Denver, where Crabtree does much of his damage.

2016 Week 16 vs IND (10 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)

Crabtree was again the go-to guy for the Raiders on third downs and in the red zone. He started slowly with an early drop and wasn't able to pull in any of his first three targets. Crabtree got rolling late in the first quarter with a pair of key receptions. He picked up 15 yards on a red zone catch and nearly found the end zone. He was ruled out at the one as he dove for the pylon. A few plays later, Crabtree was targeted in the end zone and drew a pass interference call. Crabtree made a beautiful over-the-shoulder 35-yard catch against tight coverage on third and long. With the big lead, Crabtree was able to rest for almost the entire fourth quarter.

2016 Week 15 vs SD (8 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec)

Crabtree's 13-yard touchdown came on a spectacular catch in the final seconds before halftime. He was facing extremely tight coverage but was able to make a leaping grab and somehow manage to get both feet down in bounds along the side of the end zone. The play was initially ruled incomplete but overturned upon review.

2016 Week 14 vs KC (7 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Drops have been a real issue for the normally sure-handed Crabtree over the past month. He dropped a key pass early and saw just seven targets (after seeing 24 combined in the previous two weeks). Even with the down game, Crabtree has been a surprisingly consistent target hog. He has seen at least six targets in seven straight games and has averaged 10 targets per game over those seven games.

2016 Week 13 vs BUF (11 / 7 / 74 / 1 rec)

Crabtree was again the go-to receiver for the Raiders. He easily led the team in targets and receptions. Crabtree got off to a bit of a rough start. He was wide open for an easy touchdown in the first half but let the ball bounce right off of his chest. It was almost as if he was surprised he came so open on the in route and had too much time to think about securing the ball. A couple plays later, he was called for a taunting penalty after another end zone target sailed high and Crabtree took exception to a late hit. Crabtree was instrumental in sparking the Raiders second-half comeback. He made a sliding 19-yard reception over the middle between a trio of defenders to set the Raiders up inside the Bills 5-yard line. A couple plays later he caught a 3-yard touchdown along the back line of the end zone. Crabtree is obviously the go-to target when the Raiders get down around the end zone and is the best bet each week to score.

2016 Week 12 vs CAR (13 / 8 / 110 / 0 rec)

Crabtree did some damage early on quick WR screens. He showed impressive wiggle to make a man miss and pick up 11 yards on a quick screen in the red zone that looked like it was going nowhere. With the game on the line late, Crabtree was the go-to target for Carr. Backed up deep and facing 3rd-and-9, Carr found Crabtree deep down the middle. Crabtree went up and made the contested catch for a 49-yard gain. Two plays later, Crabtree put the Raiders in position for a game-winning field goal with a 17-yard catch on a back shoulder throw down the left sideline.

2016 Week 11 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had a rough day with a pair of uncharacteristic drops. He was able to draw a pair of long pass interference penalties that helped the Raiders, but not his fantasy owners. The first long interference penalty came on a first quarter deep ball. He had an uncharacteristic drop on what should have been an easy third down conversion. Crabtree nearly came down with a 32-yard touchdown catch, but wasn't able to hold onto the ball as he went to the ground. He almost had a long touchdown on the next play, but was dragged down by AJ Bouye as he ran past him towards the end zone to draw another long interference penalty.

2016 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had a quiet game, playing just 56% of the snaps. A number of the targets credited to him were basically throw-aways from Carr in his general direction. First target of the game came in the end zone. Carr rolled out to buy extra time and threw it too high for Crabtree to have a real chance to go up and try to make a contested catch. Carr had another end zone target late in the first half but Carr again threw it wildly on the move and too high for Crabtree to even attempt to make a play on it. Crabtree finally made his first catch early in the fourth quarter, a 13-yard reception on a comeback route. Crabtree made a juggling catch for 14 yards on 3rd-and-17. If he had caught the ball cleanly, he might have been able to dive forward for the first down. Crabtree drew a third end zone target and almost came down with a 5-yard touchdown, but was at least able to draw a holding call on Chris Harris on the play.

2016 Week 8 vs TB (16 / 8 / 108 / 0 rec)

Crabtree got off so a slow start. He was called for taunting on his first catch. He caught a short touchdown pass in the second quarter, but was called for offensive pass interference. Carr went right back to him in the end zone on the next play, but Vernon Hargreaves made a nice leaping play to tip the ball before it arrived to Crabtree. Took a short toss left and ran through an arm tackle to pick up a gain of 17 yards. Crabtree had a rare drop (just his second of the season) on a slant route that hit him right in the hands. Crabtree's third red zone target came from 12-yards out but he was double-covered and the ball was thrown high. His fourth red zone target came two plays later. He was open but Carr air-mailed it out of the back of the end zone on 4th down. Crabtree caught a 45-yard pass on the first drive of overtime. A few plays later, he received his fifth end zone target but incidental contact with the cornerback caused him to trip. Crabtree had another long gain (41 yards) on the second overtime possession called back due to a holding penalty.

2016 Week 7 vs JAX (11 / 8 / 96 / 1 rec)

Crabtree was again the go-to receiver for the Raiders offense in his matchup against Prince Amukamara. He had a monster first half, with seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Carr looked his way early and often on third downs. He converted two 3rd-and-long targets into first downs in the first quarter, one a contested catch against coverage and one a diving grab on a low pass from Carr. He did have a drop on a 3rd-and-5 that stalled an early Raiders drive near midfield. Crabtree picked up a first down to the Jags 5-yard line on a 3rd-and-2 slant route to set up the first touchdown of the game. Crabtree caught Prince Amukamara biting on a pump fake and was able to get open deep on a go-route for a 56-yard gain in the final seconds of the first half. He came down with the ball pinned against his leg and rolled into the end zone, but was ruled down just shy of the end zone. Two plays later (on yet another third down target), Crabtree found the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown. He did a quick hop and jumped inside of the defender on a slant route and created plenty of separation to make it an easy pitch and catch for Carr. Crabtree's lone second-half catch was a key third down grab that came up just shy of the first down, but picked up enough yardage to set up a long field goal to put the Raiders up three scores.

2016 Week 6 vs KC (4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

The Chiefs treated Crabtree as the Raiders WR1 and he saw elite corner Marcus Peters lined up across from him on nearly every snap. On Crabtree's first target of the game, he got open behind Peters, but a poor throw from Carr came up well short and Peters was able to pick it off. Peters left the game momentarily in the fourth quarter and the Raiders immediately took a shot to Crabtree in the end zone on a go route, but it was extremely well covered.

2016 Week 5 vs SD (7 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)

Despite the big day from Cooper, on critical plays, Crabtree is the Raiders go-to weapon. Facing a crucial second-half 4th-and-2, Carr found Crabtree in the end zone for a diving 21-yard touchdown grab on one of the game's biggest plays. Crabtree's first reception came late in the first quarter when he set up the Raiders with a 1st-and-goal at the 3-yard line with a 15-yard catch on an out route. Crabtree missed out on a potential 7-yard touchdown later in the first half. It was a strange play in which it looked like there was some miscommunication amongst the Raiders receivers with multiple guys ending up in the same area. Crabtree wasn't even looking for the ball when it hit him in the facemask in the front of the end zone. He suffered a bad drop on a third down pass the next drive that hit him right in the hands. Crabtree made a spectacular sideline catch on 3rd-and-long, reaching down low to snag the ball with his hands while also showing incredible footwork to tap both toes along the sideline.

2016 Week 4 vs BAL (12 / 7 / 88 / 3 rec)

Crabtree had a monster game. He dominated targets (twice as many as Cooper), caught three touchdowns and made a number of big-time plays. Crabtree made a ridiculous 16-yard catch over the middle where he skied for the ball and then hung on despite a big hit. The 3rd-down catch kept the chains moving and Crabtree would later finish the drive off with a 5-yard touchdown catch. With a smaller corner (Shareece Wright) lined up against him in man coverage, Crabtree ran a fade route towards the corner of the end zone and Carr placed it perfectly over Crabtree's outside shoulder for the touchdown. Crabtree's second touchdown came on a slant route from the slot. He got a free release and found an open spot in the zone, right in the middle of the end zone. He took a huge shot from Eric Weddle, but was able to hold on for the 13-yard touchdown catch. Crabtree scored the game-winning, 23-yard touchdown with two minutes remaining. It was a sensational route. Crabtree faked an out route and burned Wright with a stutter and go to create major separation. He was able to drag his second foot in the back of the end zone.

2016 Week 3 vs TEN (11 / 8 / 102 / 0 rec)

Crabtree was the team's go-to receiver against Tennessee. He regularly found success on shorter slants and out routes. He out-jumped a defender for a 29-yard contested catch on a ball that Carr put too much air under. Crabtree had another long gain of 31 yards when he caught a short underneath route over the middle, spun out of a tackle and broke outside for a long gain.

2016 Week 2 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)

Drew a pass interference call in the end zone on a deep pass against one-on-one coverage from Robert Alford, who pushed him in the back just before the ball arrived. Caught a 2-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal. Raiders ran a rub route with Seth Roberts walling off Crabtree's defender and Crabtree was wide open on the quick slant.

2016 Week 1 vs NO (9 / 7 / 87 / 0 rec)

Crabtree was Carr's go-to guy in the second half. He had a number of shorter catches to keep the chains moving. He caught a 25-yard pass on a slant and was bounced down just shy of the end zone. Crabtree came down with a key jump ball contested catch along the sideline in the game-winning fourth quarter drive. He comes down with an abnormally high amount of 50/50 balls and has clearly earned the trust of Carr, who often looks Crabtree's way when he starts to scramble and needs to get rid of the ball. With the game on the line in the final minute and the Raiders trailing by one, Jack Del Rio called for a two-point attempt to go for the win. Crabtree was lined up in single coverage outside and Carr threw it up to him. Crabtree came down with the catch to secure the win for the Raiders.


Latest News

Raiders | Michael Crabtree posting best stats in OAK (Thu Mar 16, 07:57 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has registered at least 900 receiving yards in back-to-back years for the first time in his career. In addition, he also finished with more than 80 receptions in consecutive seasons for the first time as well. It's also worth noting that since joining the Raiders, Crabtree has been targeted more in the 2015 and 2016 seasons than in any other year.

Our View: Crabtree should be in line for another good year if Derek Carr is healthy. A combination of the solid quarterbacking of Carr and a real threat in Amari Cooper are creating the perfect storm for Crabtree to continue to put up solid production each year.

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