Michael Crabtree set to make Cardinals debut this weekend

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The Cardinals didn’t include wide receiver in the lineup for last Sunday’s game against the Lions, but the veteran isn’t going to be in street clothes this weekend.

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that Crabtree is going to make his first regular season appearance since signing with the club this summer. Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Damiere Byrd and KeeSean Johnson saw the most snaps at receiver in Week One.

“I haven’t been playing, I haven’t been here,” Crabtree said, via the team’s website. “Now I’m here, now it’s time to go.”

Kingsbury didn’t specify the role Kingsbury will play, but said he knows the veteran “will be excited for this one.”

The Cardinals will be in Baltimore to face the Ravens this Sunday. Crabtree may not be the Cardinals veteran most associated with the Ravens, but he did spend last season with the team and caught 54 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns while starting every game.

5 responses to “Michael Crabtree set to make Cardinals debut this weekend

  1. Crabtree is still a very good receiver, he will be a sizable boost to that offense adding one more crafty vet as a possession receiver. Last season Flacco was on pace for 73 receptions & 850YDs receiving, after they wen’t to Lamar Jackson they didn’t throw nearly as much so naturally his numbers fell w/ Baltimore shifting a extremely run heavy offense as they broke in their RB QB. Murray is a very polished young pocket passer so I expect his numbers to be pretty good, Crabtree is still an excellent receiver capable of easily catching 75-85 receptions for 800-1000K YDs in this offense and also an excellent red zone weapon for Kyler Murray.
    With Crabtree on board Arizona and in the mix Arizona has a lot of talent around Kyler Murray between All-Pro RB/WR David Johnson now back to his all-pro form used to his strengths again as both a runner & receiver w/ Kingsbury lining him up as a WR 16 different times last Sunday & has a good run blocking OL in front of him. Johnson is an excellent RB but doubles as a truly elite #2 caliber WR posting 6 receptions for 55YDs w/ 1TD receiving last week along with 82 rushing yards AVG 4.8YPC week 1 & as a team AVG’d 5.3YPC with well over 100yds rushing last weekend.. The Cardinals have a very good 2nd year back behind him who also doubles as both an receiver/running back who will help carry the load this season RB Chase Edmonds.
    between all-pro WR Larry Fitzgerald still very much capable of playing at an elite level, WR Christian Kirk has been killing DB’s in camp all camp long and is primed to post a breakout 1,000+YD season in year 2, Rookie WR Keesean Johnson was a draft steal who is going to be an excellent receiver posting a PFF grade of 71 in his debut w/ 5 recs for 48YDs, speedster WR Damiere Byrd had to game changing receptions in last weekends game & with his 4.25 speed is a legit deep threat, rookie WR Andy Isabella is going to be an excellent receiver in this league though as a rookie with his elite 4.31 speed will be used mainly as a deep/intermediate threat, 6″2 WR Trent Sherfield w/ his 4.41 speed can play both inside and outside and is going to be an excellent young receiver. The Cardinals have 3 very good receiving TE’s two of whom can block. And now you have a very crafty very talented veteran in Michael Crabtree ready to join in now that he’s in game shape.
    Coach Kingsbury has done an excellent job putting this offense together in year 1 putting together a nice balance of speed and possession receivers to really spread defenses out both laterally & vertically including having a guy like David Johnson who is just a major mismatch against any safety or LB in the game w/ 3 TEs who are mismatch’s in the passing game. I am really looking forward to seeing this offense in action from week to week watching Kyler grow with it. The Cardinals have a lot more talent offensively at the skill positions of RB/WR/TE than people realize and the majority are young guys who will grow w/ Murray including big 6″5 WR Hakeem Butler who runs a 4.4 who’s currently on IR w/ a broken hand & will be back around midseason.

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