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Tom Crabtree Must Emerge For Green Bay Packers in 2013

Tom Crabtree Entering the field

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers were the favorite to come out of the NFC this season, but they were derailed by the San Francisco 49ers before they could reach the NFC championship game in 2012-13.

This NFL off-season should be a rocky one for the Packers as they will be without Donald Driver, who retired, and will more than likely let both Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finely sign elsewhere. None of these three cracked the Packers top three in receiving yards or touchdowns, but their presence will still be missed and must be replaced.

Tom Crabtree is the player that I would keep my eye on if I was a Packer fan as he could be in line for a great season this year. Although Crabtree is a restricted free agent in 2013 I feel he is going to take Finely’s role as the number one tight end and reap the benefits of playing with the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers.

Entering his fourth season Crabtree has gotten better and more involved each year with 203 receiving yards and three touchdowns for the Packers in 2012. More importantly he will be taking a lot of Finely’s reps and will likely see his numbers skyrocket given how much Rodgers likes to hit his tight ends.

Last year Finely alone caught 61 balls and amounted over 660 receiving yards, however Finely caught just two touchdowns one season after catching eight the season before. Crabtree weights just four pounds more than Finely and is an inch taller at 6-foot-5. Time will tell if he makes a big mark on the team in 2013, but I have no doubt Crabtree can take Finely’s role and possibly be a pro-bowl tight end in 2013.