Word regarding Michael Crabtree has been relatively nonexistent this offseason, but is that good news? Or should fans be worried about the lack of news?
Typically, the enigma that is Michael Crabtree, has some sort of news or ongoing story associated with him. But so far this offseason, he has flown under the radar. Maybe he is just working hard and keeping his nose to the grindstone? Or maybe he has regressed and the lack of news behind him could be trouble for the offense this season?
Between his days of engaging in verbal altercations with Richard Sherman as a Niner, or participating in a chain war with Aqib Talib, Crab is usually in the news. I understand it is only training camp currently, but the lack of news regarding how he looks, could come off as concerning.
At least we know he is healthy as he is not being held out of practices and he is participating in everything he should be participating in. If he is just handling business and is focused on improving for the upcoming Super Bowl charge, hopefully he keeps it that way.
Several days ago Scott Bair reported this, but it seems like normal stuff. Corners and receivers get physical, and everyone is out there competing for reps. The physicality is actually a good sign in my opinion. It wasn’t a fight, and there should be none of that this season. Knock on wood that newly signed IK Enemkpali doesn’t break Carr’s jaw this year. Just kidding…or not.
But truthfully, the lack of news behind Crabtree is good news. There is nothing negative in the press, nothing negative about him regarding training camp. Crab is just being Crab. Providing a good example for the younger players on the team and handling his business like the consummate professional he is.
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A few weeks back I had the honor of meeting Crab at the airport in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I asked him for a picture, told him I was a huge fan. He smiled, obliged and we talked for a brief couple of seconds.
Two things struck me. First and foremost, he was very even keeled. Calm and collected, like most of his time on the field. Secondly, he had an aura of confidence about him.
As I walked away, I shook his hand. He looked me dead in the eye and said “We gonna get it.” I, somewhat confused, responded with “Super Bowl bound?” He smiled, nodded and I went on my way.
If Crab is acting in the same manner in camp, there is absolutely nothing for us fans to be worried about. Thankfully, he and many of the other players, seem to be on a mission. Gone are the days of pointless drama surrounding the team because quite frankly, it was more interesting than their performances on the field.
Point is, the silence around Crabtree is not a red flag. If anything it is proof that he is determined to get that ring that narrowly escaped him in San Francisco.