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Crabtree revisited: Prospects in new 'O'

Ciscokid questioned during the latest NFC West chat whether or not Michael Crabtree would fit in the San Francisco 49ers' new offense. I promised to investigate.

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

#15 WR

San Francisco 49ers

2010 STATS

  • Rec55
  • Yds741

  • TD6

  • Avg13.5

  • Long60

  • YAC298

"I do like how his skill set translates to the new offense," Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said. "They'll run a lot of quick-hitting routes where he can be big and physical, fight for the football and run after the catch with power."

Crabtree is coming off a 55-catch second season in which his numbers almost exactly matched established averages for wideouts in Jimmy Raye-coordinated offenses. The 49ers fired Raye after three games, but they ran essentially the same offense. San Francisco, like some of Raye's teams in Kansas City, had a prolific receiving tight end, which affected opportunities for wide receivers.

But there's still an expectation, I would think, for Crabtree's production to improve under new coach Jim Harbaugh. Crabtree has at times looked like a season pro, but I emerged from last season wondering what to expect from him.

"It will be a test for Harbaugh for sure from a coaching standpoint," Williamson said, "but besides developing a quarterback -- Colin Kaepernick will be great, by the way -- getting the most out of Crabtree has to be extremely high on Harbaugh's to-do list. I would like to see them add one more speed guy to the receiving corps."

Wide Receivers in Jimmy Raye's Offenses