Crabtree was on Green Bay’s Super Bowl winning team in 2010. He is 28 years old and has played in mostly reserve roles in his four years in the NFL. He spent his first three years with the Packers and last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In his career, Crabtree has recorded just 22 receptions for 323 yards and five touchdowns. His most productive year came in 2012, when Crabtree caught eight passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns.
Although Crabtree’s career stats don’t jump off the page, his past connection with Ben McAdoo, New York’s new offensive coordinator, could be extremely beneficial. If he is already familiar with a certain system, he may be a step ahead of players already on the team.
As of now, the Giants’ starting tight end competition seems to be down to Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson. Davis is a block-first tight end who has career receiving stats that are also nothing to write home about. On the other hand, Robinson was drafted as New York’s tight end of the future but injuries have kept him off the field during his first two seasons.
Crabtree could be a smart signing for the Giants. He probably won’t be a breakout performer but he would be very solid as a blocker and at least a fallback option in the passing game. The move makes sense for the Giants, especially if they are not ready to put their faith in the young and inexperience Robinson.