There were high expectations for Michael Crabtree when the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and while he’s put up impressive performances numerous times throughout his career–it’s safe to say he’s yet to live up to his true potential over his first four seasons in the league. However, Crabtree is on pace for his best season yet with the 49ers and displayed his best game of the year on Monday against the Arizona Cardinals when his team needed him the most.
Crabtree caught five passes for 72 yards to go along with two touchdowns as San Francisco went on to beat Arizona 24-3–giving the 49ers their sixth win of the season to remain in sole possession of first place in the NFC West. Through eight games, Crabtree has caught 39 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns–putting him on pace to set career highs in all three categories.
The fact that Crabtree is in the middle of his fourth season and yet to record a 1,000-yard season is disappointing after all of the hype surrounding the former Texas Tech star when the 49ers took a gamble on him in 2009. San Francisco clearly has one of the top defenses in the league, but whether or not they can make another strong run at the Super Bowl will rely on the type of production the offense produces.
If Crabtree can figure out a way to as well as he did against the Cardinals on a consistent basis–there’s no reason why the 49ers shouldn’t be one of the top teams in the NFC come playoff time.
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