Originally posted by mayo49:
No, Crabs is not a #1. He lacks top end speed. He's a true #2, in an ideal world.
He is arguably the best YAC WR in the league.
According to ESPN.com statistics, he has the 7th highest YAC out of all players in the league.
Take the RBs and hybrid players who line up in the backfield out of the discussion and he moves up to 5th.
Out of his 1,105 yards, 465 came after the catch. That's 42% of his total yardage.
The only player remaining with a higher percentage is Wes Welker, who leads the league in YAC. 46% of his yards come after the catch. However, he is really a slot receiver and I think he benefits from scheme rather than ability.
Crabtree might not look fast to you. He might not be a burner who takes the top off the defense with pure speed, but he is plenty fast and he has crazy natural athletic ability.
In any case, the numbers don't lie. His receptions, yardage, and touchdowns are all top 15 in the NFL. His production makes him a #1 by definition.
Oh... I should also mention that he's playing on a team that is is ranked 30th in the league in offensive plays from scrimmage and 31st in pass attempts.