I'm not sure how many agree with this but Crabtree definitely has the speed to be effective on 9 routes. Unless he's a player who runs faster with the ball as that's all instinctive. A few times this year, he has separated the distance between him and DB's when he has been running with the ball after the catch.
I'd consider him a top 10-15 receiver consider how many targets he gets. I hope Manningham can make a full recovery. I'm not expecting to see him most of 2013 The unfortunate thing is (possible benefit to the 49ers) is that he may not get as much when his contract expires in 2013.
Nevertheless, the combination of an emerging Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, AJ Jenkins, and Kyle Williams (assuming he heals up fine as well) can be pretty potent if we learn to take advantage of ALL of our receiving options. And this doesn't even include Vernon Davis.
What I also like about Crabtree is that he seems to want to go out there and be the man, be the playmaker so to speak. It's all fine with me as long as he continues to play the way that he has.
Originally posted by susweel:
Crabs did have a good year he did really well in YAC seems a bit faster than before. Still dont think he has top end speed to take the top of the defense, hopefully AJ can be that guy in the future.
AJ dropped a pass for a 1st down, dont think he has any future..... or
unless we get a coach that actually know the position....
I don't care what people say about his size and speed because the dude has a shiftyness to the way he moves that freezes defenders at times. Patrick Peterson looks like a fool most of the time he is trying to cover Crabs because half the time he doesn't seem to know where to expect Crabs to go. This tells me that Crabs has greatly improved his head and hip movement on routes to give nothing away to the defender. I personally think he has above average acceleration too which helps beat the first defender trying to tackle him after a catch, which he does extremely well also.
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