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Crabtree was amazingly impressive in his debut.

Originally posted by Joecool:
1. Crabtree is badass and sure fire hands for the QB. It seems almost like he attacks the ball with anger when he catches. He's very aggressive. He's arrived in this aspect.

2. No double team: he was not game planned against and from the looks of it, he's probably our best offensive option due to our poor run blocking and Gore not being effective. Teams will game plan against him and he will have issues, but he will still attack the ball when it comes his way. This is the aspect that requires study and feel that experience gives a WR. This is the questionable on him.

3. After the catch: Man, did you see that 15 yard slant he caught, sensed where the defender was, stopped on a dime and turned it upfield for another 3 yards? No matter where this guy plays, he will do these things. He's arrived in this aspect.

This kid is going to be damn good.

I look forward to the double team because eventually he will be able to beat it anyway and it will open the field more for Gore, Davis, and the other WRs. Morgan still has to be watched pretty closely by the defense because he has shown that he can get past the defense and he is a big body.

I think the coaching staff would be wise to start implementing Hill and Jones in a 4 WR set. These guys are burners and Smith can hit them deep. Bruce is going to be gone next year and these guys need to get some time.
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by SybErkRimInAL:
other teams game planning for him will open things up for VD, Morgan and even our running game. Can't wait.

Yes, but there will be a lot of times when we need a bailout force to our hopefully new "go-to" guy and he will still need to produce throughout the game and he will still need to know where to be to beat that double team. This is really the only question on him, which is very good.

Dude looks very strong when he plays. He seems as though he plays very aggressive.

Did you see how he used his hands on the DB? It was slight enough to not get a call but it was very tactical and aggressive. He moved the DB around with his hand a few times.

yes, VERY aggressive. I love it! Wish Louis Murphy was on the other side.
I still have questions about his character. Believe me I'm a huge fan of the kid, but it still bothers me that he held out as long as he did. He is playing humble right now and I hope he stays this way. Let's hope he takes after Patrick Willis and just plays his heart out and earns instant respect through the league.
He seems to play with intensity and looks like a veteran. Catch it quick and go. I was expecting at least one bad to happen. No one expected great numbers but a very good first NFL game

Originally posted by tbyrdc3:
I still have questions about his character. Believe me I'm a huge fan of the kid, but it still bothers me that he held out as long as he did. He is playing humble right now and I hope he stays this way. Let's hope he takes after Patrick Willis and just plays his heart out and earns instant respect through the league.

That's because he knew he was THIS good.

Look at how hard the guy was working when he was being "selfish". I already said it before, you can't blame a guy for planning ahead for his life when it comes to money.
Rod Brooks was just raving about him on knbr!
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Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Yeah, impressive debut. He certainly looked like he deserved the starting spot.

Agreed. The biggest shock was how well he caught the ball. He looked really fast in and out of his breaks too. He was easily the most athletic 49ers WR on the field. If we can nail down our QB situation, he'll be great in the coming years.
Need to change our playbook to more of a balanced attack now that Crabtree is here....
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by tbyrdc3:
I still have questions about his character. Believe me I'm a huge fan of the kid, but it still bothers me that he held out as long as he did. He is playing humble right now and I hope he stays this way. Let's hope he takes after Patrick Willis and just plays his heart out and earns instant respect through the league.

That's because he knew he was THIS good.

Look at how hard the guy was working when he was being "selfish". I already said it before, you can't blame a guy for planning ahead for his life when it comes to money.

Exactly

He played like a top 5 pick yesterday and he missed the first 71 days of football hadn't played in any sort of game in almost a year, comes into a his first pro game and plays like a vet. No one expected this... except... probably Crabtree!!! All is forgiven if he keeps producing and playing with the type of demeanor he showed yesterday.
For his first NFL game - after a 71 Day Holdout - I too thought 'Tree looked good.

Showed great hands (like we didn't already know that), good body control and route running.

He didn't run any patterns inside the numbers or any combination routes as he still has a lot to pick up. Blocking was OK the few times we got to see him block. Mainly mirror/shield blocked as opposed to getting real physical (that will come as he gets more comfortable and familiar with the NFL game).

Like a few of you noted, 'Tree was "gassed" in the 4th quarter. You could see that he had heavy legs and wasn't getting into his routes as quickly. He was slow back to the huddle in the 4th. I think that he played too many snaps, but the 4 quarter conditioning will come with time.

All in all, I was pleased with his performance. Now let's use all 7-8 draft picks next year on offensive linemen!!
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I think he needs a little credit for pulling the safeties wide on some of VD's TD catches. Safeties were out of position b/c of WR threats to outside. Also, he's way better pass catcher than TO. TO was a YAC WR, elite athlete, but he has terrible hands. I'm very impressed with Crabs. Now we have a WR where a QB can feel confident throwing in tight coverage. Reminds me more of Fitz than anyone else so far. I would love to see how Crabs does a endzone fade.
Originally posted by SybErkRimInAL:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by SybErkRimInAL:
other teams game planning for him will open things up for VD, Morgan and even our running game. Can't wait.

Yes, but there will be a lot of times when we need a bailout force to our hopefully new "go-to" guy and he will still need to produce throughout the game and he will still need to know where to be to beat that double team. This is really the only question on him, which is very good.

Dude looks very strong when he plays. He seems as though he plays very aggressive.

Did you see how he used his hands on the DB? It was slight enough to not get a call but it was very tactical and aggressive. He moved the DB around with his hand a few times.

yes, VERY aggressive. I love it! Wish Louis Murphy was on the other side.

He's just dropped some costly passes and is afraid of getting hit, I prefer Morgan at this point. I do think Murphy will mature into a good WR later on though
Originally posted by SoCal9ers:
Need to change our playbook to more of a balanced attack now that Crabtree is here....

This so bad! We need to change our offense no matter who is out there.
Originally posted by ObePwnD:
The thing is, if Hill would have stayed in the game, we would have said, Crabs couldn't get open, he couldn't get separation. The QB was the problem the whole time.

nailed it.
It was a very auspicious start for Crabtree. What’s even more impressive is that it seems like other players picked up their game while playing around him. I still want to see a few more games from him before I make any genuine assessments on him, but he has all the earmarks of a very special player.