WR Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 215||Born: 9-14-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10|
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2015 Week 17 vs KC (7 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
Crabtree salvaged his fantasy day with a late touchdown. With the Raiders down two scores in the final two minutes, he grabbed a 31-yard touchdown pass after a relatively blatant push in the back of Marcus Peters that sent the rookie corner sprawling to the ground. With Peters down, Crabtree was left all alone for an easy catch in the front corner of the end zone. He almost made a spectacular sideline grab for a 16-yard gain and the play was initially ruled a catch. He did a fantastic job of snagging the ball with his hands and dragging his toes but was not able to maintain possession as he hit the ground and the ruling of a completion was reversed.
2015 Week 16 vs SD (8 / 6 / 39 / 1 rec)
With Cooper sidelined by his foot injury for most of the game, Crabtree saw a lot of top corner Jason Verrett and often saw safeties rolled to his side of the field without Cooper there to attract defensive attention. Crabtree operated almost exclusively as an underneath target; his long gain on the day was just 11 yards. Crabtree took advantage of single coverage against a rookie cornerback to score a three-yard touchdown. Split out wide to the left of the formation, Crabtree used his hands to create a little bit of separation on a fade route and Carr dropped it right in the bucket in the corner of the end zone where Crabtree was able to snag the pass and get both feet down for the touchdown. The duo made the difficult play almost look easy.
2015 Week 15 vs GB (11 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)
Crabtree had a somewhat quiet day with Casey Hayward providing tight coverage for the Packers most of the afternoon. Crabtree's only big gain of the day was a 23-yard reception that saw Crabtree make some nice open-field moves after catching the ball in the right flat. Crabtree saw one end zone target on a 3rd-and-goal from the six-yard line; but the timing on the corner fade route seemed off and the ball was also slightly underthrown.
2015 Week 14 vs DEN (5 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Crabtree's stats were unimpressive but he made some key catches in a game where yardage and first downs were at a premium. While he wasn't able to gain much separation from the Broncos talented corners, he was able to use his strong hands to make grabs against tight coverage. He did not receive his normal amount of targets due to the Raiders looking to exploit more favorable matchups with the tight ends.
2015 Week 13 vs KC (11 / 5 / 45 / 1 rec)
Crabtree was again the top receiver for the Raiders. He had one bad drop but Carr came back to him on next play for a seven-yard gain. Crabtree scored a long touchdown seconds before halftime. The Raiders ran three in-breaking vertical routes with the two inside receivers clearing the coverage underneath of Crabtree to open a small window for Carr. The pass had a lot of heat on it, but Crabtree was able to pull it in and hold on through contact in the front of the end zone. Crabtree had a second end zone target later in the game on a sideline fade route. He was able to get behind coverage come down with the ball, but wasn't able to get either foot down in bounds.
2015 Week 12 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 19 / 1 rec)
Crabtree had a relatively quiet day with third receiver Seth Roberts taking on a bigger role in the offense and Amari Cooper playing like a true #1 recevier. Crabtree did at least find the end zone; he ran a smooth out-route towards the pylon and was able to come down with both feet in-bounds on a pretty 7-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr in the first quarter. When Crabtree gets single coverage in the red zone, there is a good chance that the Raiders will look his direction. Crabtree had a couple almost catches against tight coverage and Carr missed him badly on one play where he was wide open, so the chances were there for a more impactful fantasy day.
2015 Week 11 vs DET (11 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Crabtree fell victim to the NFL's nebulous rules on what constitutes a catch. After an initial ruling that he pulled in a 15-yard completion to convert a third-and-long play along the sideline, a second official sprinted in to call the catch incomplete due to Crabtree losing the ball after taking a few steps out of bounds. Crabtree was highly effective on short slant routes. He made a number of key grabs by getting inside of the corner, boxing out the defender and hanging onto the ball through contact. It was a solid game for Crabtree who produced decent numbers considering how few offensive plays the Raiders ran.
2015 Week 10 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Crabtree made one nice catch early in the game on an out-breaking route along the sideline. Otherwise, he was silent until grabbing a couple catches late against the Vikings prevent defense. The combination of the wind and a ferocious Vikings pass rush was able to greatly limit the outside receivers for Oakland. But this should be viewed as a one-game blip due to weather and opponent and not a negative for the Raiders offense and it's top two receivers.
2015 Week 9 vs PIT (12 / 7 / 108 / 2 rec)
Crabtree finished off the Raiders first drive with a 22-yard touchdown catch. He ran a post route and Carr put the ball up high where Crabtree was able to make the leaping grab between two Steelers defenders. Crabtree had a pair of near misses in the first quarter on which he came down with the ball near the sideline but wasn't able to get both feet in. Crabree got loose for a game-tying 38-yard touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game. He lined up in the slot matched up against a linebacker and ran a go route. He easily beat his defender to create a couple yards of separation and the Safety was late getting over. Carr lofted it up and Crabtree made the over-the-shoulder touchdown grab.
2015 Week 8 vs NYJ (12 / 7 / 102 / 1 rec)
Crabtree is performing extremely well in his role as the #2 wide receiver in the Raiders offense. He is going to have many weeks like Week 8 where he leads the team in receiving due to Cooper drawing either an elite opposing corner or double teams. Crabtree took advantage of the extra targets and dominated his matchup against Antonio Cromartie. Crabtree has done a fine job with the ball in his hands. He combines an ability to make defenders miss with some real physicality and tackle-breaking ability. Crabtree was able to get in the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown early. He came wide open over the middle of the field on a post route and caught the ball at the 15-yard line. He then ran through three Jets defenders who could not get him to the ground for the score. Crabtree's combination of size, route-running ability and run-after-the-catch skills are allowing the Raiders to get him the ball in a number of different ways: screens, deep passes, short slants, out routes, etc. He should continue to have success as the second target in what is developing into one of the league's best offenses.
2015 Week 7 vs SD (8 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Crabtree had a bad drop on what should have been at least a 30-yard completion. He ran a nice route down the sideline, gained great separation and was in perfect position to catch the rainbow throw from Carr but had it bounce off his hands. He made up for the drop with a couple catches against tight coverage later in the drive. On the same drive, he was targeted in the end zone but was well covered. Crabtree finished off the opening drive of the second half with a 26-yard touchdown catch on a tunnel screen. He caught the ball short and had a big seam to run through. He made the last man miss with a nifty move inside the five-yard line, showing that Cooper isn't the only receiver who can pick up yards after the catch.
2015 Week 5 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Crabtree made a nice catch on a deep dig route against single coverage early in the game for a 25-yard gain. He was otherwise quiet as he struggled to gain separation against Chris Harris Jr. and the talented Broncos defensive backs.
2015 Week 4 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
Crabtree got off to a slow start and rolled his ankle early in the game while blocking for Amari Cooper on a screen. However, with the Raiders trailing late, Crabtree became Carr's go-to receiver. He went up strong to pull in a fastball on a deep out route for a 25-yard gain and then picked up 13 more yards on the very next play. The catches by Crabtree were the key plays on the drive that put the Raiders ahead with two minutes to play.
2015 Week 3 vs CLE (9 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Crabtree remains the clear second option in the passing offense overall, but appears to be Carr's favorite target in the red zone. The first two end zone targets of the game both went Crabtree's direction (though the first was well covered and Carr threw it out of the back of the end zone). It was a quiet day for Crabtree but his usage was still very encouraging. He will get plenty of opportunities each game and has a good chance of leading the Raiders in touchdown catches.
2015 Week 2 vs BAL (16 / 9 / 111 / 1 rec)
Crabtree looked better than he has in years and took advantage of the Ravens struggling Lardarius Webb on his way to a huge game. He showed the quickness, route-running chops and great hands that made him a top-10 draft choice coming out of college. In the first few minutes of the game, Crabtree beat a Ravens defender deep for what should have been a 40-yard touchdown grab, but instead he was dragged down. The pass interference call resulted in a big gain that set the Raiders up with 1st-and-goal. A couple plays later, Crabtree was targeted in the end zone but the ball sailed high and he was well covered. Crabtree later got open deep behind the Ravens defense but Carr had to throw on the run and badly underthrew the ball. While it resulted in a 37-yard reception, a better throw would have produced a 59-yard touchdown. Crabtree's 29-yard touchdown pass was due to a combination of a busted coverage by Ravens safety Will Hill (who drifted out of position) and a great route by Crabtree which broke the Ravens corner's ankles, causing him to fall down and leave Crabtree all alone in the end zone waving for the ball.
2015 Week 1 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Crabtree played well and looks quicker than he has in recent seasons. He will continue to see plenty of targets as the Raiders #2 WR, but he is being used almost exclusively in the short passing game. Crabtree's only target beyond 10-yards from the line of scrimmage was in the final minutes of garbage time when he was targeted on a go route in the end zone. The throw sailed way high out of the back of the end zone.
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