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Michael Crabtree | Wide Receiver

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/14/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Texas Tech
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Michael Crabtree caught one pass for six yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Crabtree is reportedly having a strong camp, but he isn't doing much in preseason. Derek Carr slightly overthrew Crabtree on an end-zone fade, but Crabtree didn't extend his body in an attempt to make a play, and Oakland settled for a field goal. Plays later, Crabtree dropped a Carr pass right in front of the end zone. Through three preseason affairs, Crabtree has three receptions for 21 yards. We're highly skeptical he'll make any noise in re-draft leagues this year. Aug 30 - 10:37 PM

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Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are listed as the starting wideouts on the Raiders' first depth chart.

Andre Holmes and Kenbrell Thompkins are the backups, with an injured Rod Streater listed with the 4s. Crabtree has drawn raves for his early camp practices, but will need to translate it to the preseason field after his dead-legged 2014. Crabtree is still only 28 (in September). Stranger things have happened than a player of Crabtree's skill rebounding.
Source: raiders.com
Aug 10 - 2:38 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders believe Michael Crabtree "is going to be playing himself into a big contract when the year is over."

Widely overlooked in free agency, Crabtree settled for a one-year, $3 million deal with Oakland; a classic prove-it arrangement. Crabtree will hope his prove-it season goes better than Hakeem Nicks' in Indianapolis last year. By all accounts, Crabtree has been shining in early-camp practices, showing sure hands. Not yet 28 years old, Crabtree certainly won't lack for "motivation" this season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 5:59 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Crabtree has been the "star" of the Raiders' first three training camp practices.

If your eyes rolled after reading this one, you're not alone. Crabtree looked every bit a declining player in 2014 with San Francisco, relegated to rotational snaps and dropping passes at a career-worst clip. Crabtree is still only 27 years old, however, and it's conceivable his diminished on-field ineffectiveness was symptomatic of the 49ers' franchise dysfunction. From a fantasy standpoint, Crabtree certainly doesn't lack target opportunity in Oakland.
Aug 3 - 8:26 AM

Michael Crabtree "had the look of a playmaker" on the first day of training camp.

"He stood out today, made some nice catches," coach Jack Del Rio said. "Mike's a proven player. I don't think we have to worry much about Mike." There's speculation Crabtree isn't a lock to start Week 1, but he's unlikely to be pushed by Rod Streater. Crabtree should be behind only Amari Cooper for targets.
Aug 1 - 3:26 PM

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair suggests Michael Crabtree is not a lock to start in Week 1.

A reclamation signing by the Raiders, Crabtree inked a Hakeem Nicksonian one-year, $3 million deal this offseason. Bair suggests Crabtree could be pushed in training camp by Rod Streater, who led Oakland in receiving in 2013 before missing most of 2014 to injury. Crabtree is an unlikely 2015 fantasy contributor.
Jul 30 - 9:48 AM

Michael Crabtree is expected to start opposite Amari Cooper.

Cooper is locked and loaded as the No. 1 wideout and a candidate for heavy volume right out of the gate. After that, it'll be Crabtree fighting off the likes of Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and Brice Butler for scraps. Given what we've seen from Crabtree since his 2013 Achilles' tear, there's little reason for optimism. He's barely a WR4 type.
Source: ESPN.com
May 7 - 8:36 AM

New Raiders WR Michael Crabtree admits he has a "lot to prove."

"A lot to prove," Crabtree reiterated. "Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove." Crabtree hasn't been the same player since his 2013 Achilles' tear, and has developed a reputation as an unideal teammate. It's why he was limited to a one-year, incentive-laden deal in free agency. Especially with Derek Carr still being an unproven commodity, Crabtree is going to have a tough time reviving his career in Oakland.
Apr 23 - 8:53 PM

CSN Bay Area considers Michael Crabtree's $2.2 million in incentives "hard to reach."

Crabtree's one-year deal has a base value of $3 million. Beyond that, he'll receive a $400,000 bonus for posting either 70 catches or 900 yards. He'd get another $1.4 million if he clears 100/1,400. There's also a $400,000 Pro Bowl bonus. We'd consider Crabtree unlikely to reach any of his incentives.
Apr 16 - 4:36 PM

Raiders signed WR Michael Crabtree to a one-year, $3 million contract with another $2 million available through incentives.

A May 2013 Achilles' rupture sparked a sharp downturn in Crabtree's career, as he's been brutally slow-footed since and bottomed out by playing just 68.1 percent of the 49ers' snaps last season. His free agent market was predictably ice cold, with only the Dolphins, Raiders and Ravens showing any interest. That allowed Reggie McKenzie to swoop in, as he has massive holes at wideout and tons of money to burn after missing out on big-ticket WRs Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin. But if Crabtree was looking to rehab his value, the Black Hole isn't the place to do it. The Raiders haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005 (Randy Moss) and we wouldn't expect Crabtree to break that streak. He'll be part of a rotation with James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and a draft pick.
Apr 13 - 8:10 PM

The Raiders, Dolphins and Ravens have shown the most interest in signing free agent WR Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree has visited Miami and Oakland, leaving both without a contract. The Ravens could also have him in, perhaps after May 13 when they'd no longer have to give up a compensatory pick to sign him. Crabtree wisely isn't rushing into a decision as he needs to land in the best spot possible to rebuild his crushed market. The Ravens, currently boasting Steve Smith and a bunch of nobodies at wideout for pass-happy Marc Trestman, have to be intriguing for Crabtree.
Apr 13 - 11:56 AM

Free agent Michael Crabtree dropped 10-of-78 catchable passes in 2014.

His 12.82 percent drop rate was the fourth-worst among qualified receivers, behind only Mohamed Sanu, Torrey Smith, and Kelvin Benjamin. Diminished speed, a concerning injury history, and coming off a season where he couldn't catch the ball has certainly affected Crabtree's market. Crabtree also battled drops early in his career. Possession receivers like him need to have reliable hands.
Apr 6 - 8:42 PM

Free agent Michael Crabtree is visiting the Raiders Monday.

The Raiders whiffed on Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin in free agency, leaving them with James Jones, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater atop the depth chart again. It makes wideout arguably their biggest need. Crabtree isn't very exciting, but does have sure hands and should come cheaply on a one-year deal. He has to realize by now that he's not going to get anything more than $3 million.
Apr 6 - 12:01 PM

The Dolphins offered free agent Michael Crabtree "close to $3 million" but he turned it down, according to the Miami Herald.

Crabtree wanted something closer to $4.5 million. With so many big-time receiver prospects in this year's draft, teams aren't going to overpay for an underachiever like Crabtree. He'll visit the Raiders next. If Oakland's offer is similar to Miami's, Crabtree would be wise to take the money.
Apr 5 - 11:06 AM

Free agent WR Michael Crabtree will visit the Raiders next week.

The Raiders are in need of receiver help, but they already seem to have a couple slow-footed possession receivers like Crabtree in James Jones and Rod Streater. Oakland needs a bonafide No. 1 wideout with some speed to stretch the field since it doesn't seem sold on restricted free agent Andre Holmes. Crabtree, initially hoping for $9-10 million annually, should come cheap for $2-3 million.
Apr 3 - 10:30 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Christian Ponder
3Matt McGloin
4Cody Fajardo
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Trent Richardson
4Taiwan Jones
5Michael Dyer
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Kris Durham
5Josh Harper
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Rod Streater
3Brice Butler
4Devon Wylie
5Trindon Holliday
WR31Rod Streater
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Brian Leonhardt
5Gabe Holmes
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio