Sunday, January 20, 2013
Watching to see if Crabtree appears focused
By Mike Sando
ATLANTA -- Michael Crabtree's status for the San Francisco 49ers' NFC Championship Game appearance remains unchanged pending his involvement in a sexual-assault investigation.
ESPN's Adam Schefter cited a 49ers source saying the team "highly, highly doubted" Crabtree would face charges in connection with the case. Authorities have said they interviewed Crabtree. Crabtree's attorney said the fourth-year receiver has cooperated with the investigation.
And so the focus will return to the playing field Sunday. I would not expect Crabtree's situation to distract the 49ers in general. I'll be more interested in seeing whether Crabtree himself appears distracted in any way.
Crabtree emerged this season as the 49ers' top receiving target. His production has spiked over the 49ers' last six games, including when Crabtree caught nine passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay in the divisional round.
Crabtree has been the 49ers' top threat from the slot this season. However, he made all but one of his receptions against the Packers after lining up elsewhere in the formation.
The chart compares Crabtree's numbers to those for Falcons receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, counting playoffs.