Originally posted by NickSh49:
The day Crabs outplays Jordy Nelson is the day he lives up to being pick #10. Still waiting...
(yes I know Rodgers > Smith, but still)
Lol. But still? Jordy Nelson is the perfect example of why you can't use stats to determine the value of a player. For starters, Jordy Nelson's QB enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in the history of the NFL last year. He is also a part of one of the leagues most talented groups of receivers, opposing defenses can't simply double team him and stifle the Packers passing attack. Greg Jennings is the teams #1 receiver, not Jordy Nelson, and he had less yards receiving and touchdowns than his teammate due to the attention defenses gave him. Crabtree's QB threw the ball about 20 times a game last year and the next best receiver on the team was 5'9" tall and only caught 20 passes all season long.
If Michael Crabtree takes the next step in his development as I expect him too then he will be a better player statistically and will continue to be a major contributor to our winning. If that happens then I don't see how you can be unhappy with him as a player. I think people tend to forget how incredibly rare it is for a wide receiver to establish himself as one of the leagues best immediately.
[ Edited by DirtyP on Aug 3, 2012 at 19:51:53 ]