Originally posted by dtg_9er: He is a unique guy. One of the most unusual recievers I have seen as he plays like a basketball player in some ways. Very shifty and nifty moves and keeps his body between the DB and ball. I want to see a burning desire more often, as he needs to knock the hell out of any DB that gets in his route. He has the size and instincts to do so. Not sure why he has not been effective but not seeing his number called often could be the reason. He seems to get a bit lazy in his route running when he doesn't think the ball is coming his way. A good coach should make a huge difference.
All you needed to understand why Crabtree wasn't called more often is the first game of the season. Two of A. Smith's interceptions were because of Crabtree either running the wrong route or not too committed to his route. He improved later on, but not markedly enough. Maybe he was not particularly happy with the 49ers the past season, and that showed in his grudging performance.
Im not sure, hes kind of his own brand of receiver. Makes short catches, breaks tackles with his physicality, shakes people with his agility, amazing hands, great blocker, not that fast but not too slow, good range, very big target. I'd say hes kind of his own entity. Im not trying to over hype him or anything, Im just saying he dosent remind me of anyone. Definitely not a Diva, hes one of the most Physical receivers in the league.
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