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Raiders hail Michael Crabtree as “great leader,” “game-changer”

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 2:  Derek Carr #4 and Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Raiders have a supremely talented young receiver in Amari Cooper.

And while Michael Crabtree used to be the guy who got described that way, he’s now becoming known as something more important — clutch.

The veteran wide receiver’s third touchdown reception yesterday was the game-winner against the Ravens, following his game-winning two-point conversion in New Orleans and his emergence as quarterback Derek Carr’s go-to target throughout the season.

He has been a great leader for us,” Raiders coach Del Rio said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “There were questions brought up [about that]. That hasn’t been part of what we’re getting. We’re getting a guy who is a great teammate, who works hard every day and is very friendly for our quarterback.”

Crabtree signed with the Raiders in the 2015 season as sort of damaged goods from his days in San Francisco. But it didn’t take him long to find a home on the other side of the bay, and earn a contract extension and a rapport with his young quarterback.

“When he became a free agent after my rookie year, and he came to visit us, I tried everything I could to make sure he left our building a Raider,” Carr said. “I know the kind of talent he is. I’m so thankful that he chose to stay in the Bay Area. The guy is a game-changer, and one of the best receivers in this league. . . .

“I didn’t promise him catches or touchdowns, but I said that, if we worked hard and grew together, we could do something special.”

They’re in the midst of doing that now, with three road wins on the season, and only a home loss to the Falcons blemishing their record.

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12 Responses to “Raiders hail Michael Crabtree as “great leader,” “game-changer””
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2016 7:23 AM

    I don’t know if it was the change in scenery or just time to grow up, but Crabs really has been a great addition to the Raiders.

  2. paastahtroy says: Oct 3, 2016 7:33 AM

    Mediocre…. of course in Oakland that means excellent

  3. jjackwagon says: Oct 3, 2016 7:38 AM

    Raiders looked good yesterday. They had a chance at the end to screw it up and they didn’t take it.

  4. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 3, 2016 8:11 AM

    Just win baby! The greatness that is the Raiders.

  5. eastbayraider says: Oct 3, 2016 8:47 AM

    And to think the 49ers couldn’t wait to get rid of him! LOL

  6. silvernblacksabbath says: Oct 3, 2016 9:31 AM

    Way to go Crab.. What a stud!

    PS I don’t feel so bad about Atlanta’s 500 + yards in WEEK 2. lol

  7. jnovi86 says: Oct 3, 2016 9:35 AM

    Too bad he couldn’t be clutch in the super bowl on a 5 yard pass play to win the game

  8. honkeyt says: Oct 3, 2016 9:56 AM

    I remember guys like, jnovi86 throwing shade on Raiders for giving Crabtree a contract extention. What ye say now, Toolbags?

  9. rayguyhof says: Oct 3, 2016 10:17 AM

    I’m very happy to eat crow about what I’ve said in the past about this guy. I was dead wrong. He looks great in Silver & Black.

  10. araidersfan says: Oct 3, 2016 12:06 PM

    I wasn’t surprised to see Crabtree perform well last year since he was on a 1 year deal and due to hit the market. My concern was for this year and the future after he inked the big contract with the Raiders – would he stay motivated?

    I’m very happy to see that my fears were unfounded.

  11. nflgtcfl says: Oct 3, 2016 4:01 PM

    Humility can do great things for a man

  12. raidernation37 says: Oct 3, 2016 9:27 PM

    I thought for sure he’d be a one and done type of guy for us. Glad he’s sticking around since he and Carr have some good chemistry working this year

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