WR Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 215||Born: 9-14-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10|
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2017 Week 17 vs LAC (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Crabtree ended the season with another disappointing performance. He caught a couple short passes but didn't play much. Crabtree seemed to fall out of favor with the organization after the brawl with Aqib Talib in Denver and reports indicate he may be a cap casualty in the offseason.
2017 Week 16 vs PHI (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crabtree played just 45% of the snaps, with the Raiders often running heavy sets with multiple tight ends. Crabtree looked to be the target on an early 4th-and-2 attempt but was double-covered, forcing Carr to throw it away. He was targeted in the front corner of the end zone from eight yards out but couldn't hold on through contact. He also was targeted on a deep ball that came up short due to the wind.
2017 Week 15 vs DAL (17 / 7 / 39 / 2 rec)
With Amari Cooper out, Carr peppered Crabtree with targets all game. When including plays that didn't count due to penalties, Crabtree had a whopping 20 targets. Results were mixed. An early drive stalled when Crabtree didn't get his head around in time on a 3rd-down short crossing route. He was wide open but Carr had to get rid of the ball quickly and Crabtree wasn't ready for the pass. Crabtree fumbled his first reception but got lucky when a Dallas defender knocked it back to him after attempting to scoop and run. Another drive stalled when Crabtree brought a third down pass in along the sideline but ran the route one yard short of the sticks. While there were some struggles, Crabtree was excellent down around the goal line. He caught a pair of 2-yard touchdown passes when matched up in single coverage. The first was a simple fade route in which he won off the line and established position to the outside. The second was a smooth out-route from the slot that took advantage of a subtle push off to gain extra separation. Crabtree was able to draw a huge pass interference penalty in the final minute of the game on a 4th-down jump ball. A couple plays later, Carr tried to fit it in to Crabtree in the middle of the end zone despite double coverage but the ball was batted down. While there were a number of positive plays, it wasn't an efficient day for Crabtree and the offense wasn't productive with the passing game running almost entirely through him.
2017 Week 14 vs KC (13 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)
Crabtree had a bad early drop that led to a drive stalling. He was able to pick up a few solid gains in the fourth quarter once the game was basically out of hand but was otherwise quiet. He again drew a flag for offensive pass interference and officials seem to be on the lookout for the pushes he often uses to create separation. Crabtree easily converted a slant route for a 2-point conversion.
2017 Week 12 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Crabtree got into a fight with Aqib Talib just a few minutes into the game and was ejected. He may be suspended for Week 13 and 14 as well, pending appeal.
2017 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)
Crabtree saw a lot of Stephon Gilmore in coverage and the big cornerback mostly fared well in a physical matchup. Gilmore was able to get away with some contact that might have drawn flags for pass interference in other games but Crabtree was doing plenty of hand fighting as well. Crabtree was well covered and unable to haul in two deep balls into the end zone but it is a positive that he continues to see so many opportunities to score. On the Raiders lone touchdown drive, Crabtree made a contested catch for 15 yards on a fourth-down play to keep the drive alive.
2017 Week 9 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Crabtree had a surprisingly quiet day, seeing just four targets. Jared Cook has emerged in recent weeks as Derek Carr's favorite target on third down, a role once dominated by Crabtree. Crabtree had one awful drop. The normally sure-handed receiver let the pass bounce right off of his hands. Crabtree drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to setup a key late touchdown. He had single coverage and may have been able to make the back shoulder catch for a 21-yard touchdown, but was clearly held by the corner when trying to come out of his break.
2017 Week 8 vs BUF (10 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)
Crabtree had a pair of long receptions on the opening drive. He had yet another end zone target on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line on the opening drive. Carr's attempt at a back shoulder fade sailed too high for Crabtree to try to make the grab. He grabbed a 40-yard reception on the next drive with a subtle push off to create late separation. Crabtree had another end zone target in the fourth quarter. Crabtree had a step on the defender but wasn't able to catch up to a slightly overthrown pass from Carr for what would have been a 30-yard touchdown.
2017 Week 7 vs KC (7 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
Crabtree had a pair of nice third down sideline catches in the early going but was quiet for a long stretch after that with the offense flowing through Amari Cooper and Jared Cook. Crabtree almost came down with a 4-yard touchdown catch on a fade route early in the second half but couldn't hold on as he went to the ground. He remains Carr's favorite target inside the red zone. With the game on the line, Carr hit Crabtree for what looked like a game-winning 2-yard touchdown. However, Crabtree drew a controversial offensive pass interference penalty for a subtle push off. A few plays later on an untimed down, Crabtree caught a 2-yard touchdown in the front corner of the end zone. He ran a quick out route and went down low to make a sliding catch.
2017 Week 6 vs LAC (10 / 6 / 52 / 1 rec)
Crabtree played well. He led the team in targets and scored another touchdown. On the opening drive of the game a miscommunication between Crabtree and Carr led to an interception. Carr looked like he expected Crabtree to continue running down the sideline and Crabtree ran a comeback route instead. The duo was back on the same page on the next drive. A 7-yard completion over the middle kept the chains moving on 3rd down. Then Carr hit Cooper for a 23-yard touchdown on a beautiful timing route. Crabtree lined up in the slot, ran down the seam, then broke sharply to the outside ,and the ball was on him right when he looked back. He made the catch near the right sideline and showed great body control to stay in bounds long enough to sneak the ball just inside the pylon. Carr threw it up for Crabtree on a deep ball into the end zone in the final seconds of the first half but it was knocked down by a safety. Aside from the touchdown, Crabtree did the rest of his damage on short routes underneath.
2017 Week 5 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 82 / 1 rec)
While Crabtree played just 64% of the snaps, he led the team with 8 targets. Crabtree was the go-to target for Manuel and showed no ill effects from the chest injury that sidelined him in Week 4. Manuel and Crabtree hooked up for a 42-yard touchdown after Manuel scrambled to buy time. Amari Cooper ran a deep route from the slot and drew the attention of the deep safety. The cornerback covering Crabtree looked like he expected safety help and let Crabtree run wide open down the right sideline on a blown coverage, which allowed Manuel to hit Crabtree in the end zone for the score. Crabtree showed his strength and competitiveness on some key third down conversions. On a 3rd-and-7, he caught the ball a couple yards short of the first down with a cornerback draped on his back but powered through the tackle and reached the ball out past the marker. The next play, Crabtree juked past a defender and was wide open in the end zone for what could have been a 12-yard touchdown but Manuel overthrew him.
2017 Week 3 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Crabtree had a surprsingly quiet day, with only three targets. Washington has a strong duo at cornerback which funnels targets inside to the running backs, tight end and slot receivers. The offensive line was consistently getting abused, which also limited any opportunities to take shots downfield in the passing game. Crabtree's only catch came on a short pass to the right sideline early in the fourth quarter. He held onto the ball despite taking a big hit.
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.
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