Michael Crabtree is not your average Joe at wide receiver. He makes ridiculous catches look easy. He breaks numerous tackles after making the tough catches, too. He blocks for teammates. He competes. He really does it all.
Crabtree turned in career highs in catches (85), receiving yards (1,105) and touchdowns (9) in his fourth season with the San Francisco 49ers. He also turned in best performances in the closing stages of 2012. Crabtree finished the final eight games of the year with five, 100-yard receiving games and seven touchdowns during that stretch.
In three playoff games, Crabtree caught 20 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
Because of his standout season, Crabtree was included in USA Today’s “All-Joe” team for 2012, a collection of the best NFL players that haven’t been named to a Pro Bowl. Crabtree was joined by teammates Alex Smith and Anthony Davis on the team that fields a 53-man roster with representation from every team.
Nate Davis of USA Today explained that Crabtree and Davis are likely soon to earn Pro Bowl recognition based on breakout seasons in 2012.
“Crabtree also showed a lot of toughness, willingly going over the middle, as he turned potential into production,” Davis wrote.
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Brian McIntyre of Yahoo! Sports discussed the top quarterback talent headed to the NFL Scouting Combine and the groups willingness to compete in all drills.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared the unique story of San Jose State tight end Ryan Otten, who played at the Senior Bowl while dealing with a serious illness.
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