Michael Crabtree WR OAK 3 months ago

Crabtree is expected to start for the Raiders this season, ESPN.com reports.

This was generally assumed when Crabtree signed with Oakland last month, but James Jones' release effectively cemented Crabtree into a starting role alongside first-round pick Amari Cooper. Crabtree disappointed in his final year with San Francisco, averaging a career-low 10.3 yards per reception with four touchdowns, forcing him to settle for a one-year, "prove it" deal this offseason.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 4 months ago

Crabtree signed a one-year deal with the Raiders worth $3 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Crabtree spent his first six seasons with San Francisco but will head across the Bay to team up up with Derek Carr next season. The 27-year-old should line up alongside fellow wide receivers James Jones, Rod Streater, and Andre Holmes, leaving the potential for Crabtree to see a decent amount of passes thrown his way during the 2015-16 campaign.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 4 months ago

Crabtree will make a free agent visit with the Raiders next week, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Crabtree struggled toward 68 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns last year, his first full season since tearing his Achilles in 2013. Along the way, Crabtree posted a career-low 10.3 yards per reception, evidencing a lack of explosiveness following the injury. However, with the Raiders in need of pass-catching options, Crabtree would represent a steady veteran wideout to pair with James Jones, a similarly skilled player.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 5 months ago

The 49ers have begun talking with Crabtree about a new contract, NFL.com reports.A recent report from the Sacramento Bee suggested that Crabtree is unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers, but it still makes sense for the two sides to at least touch base. A return to the Bay would seemingly cap Crabtree's upside, as Anquan Boldin is still under contract, and the 49ers will likely emphasize their running game.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 5 months ago

Crabtree is unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers, the Sacramento Bee reports.Crabtree's tenure in San Francisco didn't lack for intrigue, but his 2014 campaign flew under the radar, with the former No. 10 overall draft pick catching 68-of-108 targets for 698 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. Crabtree shouldn't have much trouble finding a job as a starter, but he doesn't offer much big-play ability, and hasn't looked like a true No. 1 since tearing his Achilles in spring of 2013. The 49ers still have fellow possession receivers Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson under contract, so a parting of ways makes sense for both sides.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 7 months ago

Crabtree (knee) caught 4-of-4 targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over Arizona.

It was an unremarkable performance Sunday, just like his season, which ends with a disappointing 68 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns. Anquan Boldin had his second straight 1,000-yard season in San Francisco, and thoroughly outproduced the younger Crabtree in 2014. Jim Harbaugh officially coached his last game for San Francisco on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see what the new regime thinks of Crabtree, as he'll be a free agent this offseason.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 7 months ago

Crabtree (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Cardinals.

Since injuring his knee on Thanksgiving Day, Crabtree has accrued 13 catches (on 18 targets) for 80 yards, and 14 of those targets occurred in a Week 14 loss to the Raiders. A reversal of fortune thus appears unlikely against an Arizona defense that has surrendered 13.0 YPC, but just one touchdown grab to wideouts in the past seven games.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 7 months ago

Crabtree (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against Arizona.

Crabtree's knee is evidently bugging him a bit, but the probable designation indicates it won't be a major factor in his Sunday performance. Still, after such a disappointing season, it's not an ideal matchup for Crabtree to face off against Arizona.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 7 months ago

Crabtree (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday, the 49ers' official site reports.

Crabtree's receiving yards have deceased from the previous week in three of the last four games, a stretch in which he's gathered in 16 balls (on 21 targets) for 90 yards and no scores. With a pitiful 5.6 YPC during that span, he'll be hard-pressed to turn it around Sunday against a Cardinals secondary that has given up 13.0 YPC but just one touchdown reception to wide receivers in the last seven contests.

Michael Crabtree WR OAK 7 months ago

Crabtree (knee) had one catch for five yards in Saturday's overtime loss to the Chargers.

Crabtree, who came into this game listed as questionable with a knee injury, may have aggravated the injury early on because he hardly played in this contest. He spent much of the game on the sideline with a baseball cap on and only entered the game in overtime after the 49ers lost a couple of other receivers to injury. Given his recent level of output, you're probably better off looking elsewhere for WR help in Week 17.