Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Crabs can be as good as Boldin. The similarities are definitely there in terms of style of play. Health has been the main issue.
Care to elaborate on the comparision? And I'd be curious to know who Crabtree's Fitzgerald would be? VD? Boldin was the second WR option most of his career while Crabtree had...Morgan?
This is not a disagreement with you about Crabtree, rather a question of the comparison. 9 seasons with at least five QBs and he is a top receiver in the league. MC has a ways to go before I'm comfortable comparing him to the top guys in the league.
I don't think Boldin was the 2nd WR option. Between he and Fitz, Boldin played in one more game, had, 14 more receptions but 400 less yards. This doesn't take into account quite a number of games Boldin missed due to some sort of injury which would take a few more games to come back into top level again.
The reason why I think Crabtree can be as good as Boldin is that they are very similar type of receivers. They are not known for being fast but they can do a lot of good things after the catch, they fight for the ball in close space, have enough speed to for occasional deep balls.
They both averaged the exact same number of yards per catch through their first 3 years.
Boldin had Kurt Warner (most likely a HOFer) from his second year in 2005 through his 6th year in 2009.
Now take into account Crabtree has yet to go through a full offseason and start a season without having to use the first 2 or 3 games to get into game shape and into sync with the offense.