Sep 1, 2011
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
2010 Stats: 55 receptions, 741 receiving yards, 6 total touchdowns
Make it three straight training camp absences for San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree, whose most recent foot injury has put him in jeopardy of missing the team’s regular season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. It’s been one excuse after another for the former blue-chipper since the 49ers selected him at No. 10 overall in 2009 draft. First there was the record-setting holdout, then nagging injuries, the unprecedented diva clause, poor quarterbacking, a lousy offensive coordinator and a head coach who didn’t like him. His supporters paint Crabtree as a victim of circumstance or bad luck, exempt from responsibility for his professional shortcomings.
The time has come to stop tiptoeing around the truth, folks: Crabtree just isn’t that good. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that his college success at Texas Tech was more a product of scheme than ability. The 6’1”, 214-pound Crabtree has never had great size or speed—typical topflight NFL receivers have at least one of the two. What’s worse, his undisciplined work ethic and deplorable attitude have curtailed his chances of ever breaking through. The numbers don’t lie. In 27 career games, Crabtree’s averaged just 50.5 yards and a touchdown every three games. He’s only topped 81 yards twice! Take out your red Sharpie and draw a line through Crabtree’s name—he’s a surefire bust.