After deciding to cross the bay and sign with the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Michael Crabtree is finally living up to those high expectations that everyone had for him when he was selected 10th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 NFL Draft. Crabtree has shown that he is capable of being the second option in the Raiders passing game to star wideout Amari Cooper.
As of today, Crabtree is tied with Saints wide receiver Brandon Cooks for ranking thirteenth in the NFL with 596 receiving yards. So far, Crabtree is on pace to have his first 1,000-yard season since the 2012 campaign when he was with the San Francisco 49ers.
In my opinion, I believe that Crabtree never became the receiver that scouts envisioned coming out of college are because of the 49ers lack of a passing during his time in San Francisco. He had the opportunity to play with Colin Kaepernick, but we still did not see the guy that we watched light up the scoreboard at Texas Tech.
Now that he is with the Raiders and he has a reliable option at the quarterback position in Derek Carr, Crabtree is showing that he is capable of being a dangerous weapon in the team’s passing attack. The benefit of having a guy like Michael Crabtree in the Raiders offense is that it is going to take some of the attention off of Amari Cooper and allow the other receivers to get involved in the passing game.
Last night in a crucial division matchup against the Denver Broncos, Crabtree contributed to the Raiders 30-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champions. As a result of that win, the Raiders have sole possession of AFC West Division right now.
Michael Crabtree’s second act in Oakland should not come as a surprise to many, due to the team’s track record of signing players that were written off by their former teams. With Crabtree and Cooper on the field at the same time, the Raiders are going to be a tough team to deal with if the make it into the playoffs.
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