Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Go-to guy: Crabtree by the numbers
By Mike Sando
A few notes from ESPN Stats & Information's Jason Vida regarding Michael Crabtree after the San Francisco 49ers receiver -- Crabtree, not Vida -- underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon:
- Go-to guy: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw eight touchdown passes with one interception last season when targeting Crabtree. He had one touchdown pass with four picks when targeting other wide receivers. Those figures count playoffs. Kaepernick targeted Crabtree on 39.6 percent of the receiver's pass routes from Weeks 11-17, the second-highest figure in the NFL over that span (Brandon Marshall, 44.2). Counting playoffs, Kaepernick targeted Crabtree more than three times as frequently as he targeted any other 49ers player on third down and in the red zone.
- On the rise: Crabtree's stats have improved each season. He had 85 receptions last season, up from 72, 55 and 48, previously. He had 1,105 yards, up from 874, 741 and 625. His nine touchdowns were three fewer than what he caught in his first three seasons combined. The first-year totals suffered because Crabtree missed games during a contract dispute.
- 100-yard games: Crabtree has five 100-yard performances in his past eight games, counting playoffs. He had four such performances in his first 55 games.