Last season was a huge disappointment for the New York Giants. With all the initial hype coming from the offseason, they finished the year with an unacceptable 6-10 record. The team’s only success seemed to be in the passing game as they ranked 10th in the league in passing yards per game with 267 yards. Eli Manning also had the best static year of his career throwing for 4,410 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr. emerged as a the Manning’s number one target catching 91 passes, for 1,305 yards, and 12 touchdowns. This offseason has been crazy with the amount of top caliber players on the market. As many of them have gone on to sign huge lucrative contracts, there are still plenty of former all-pro football players that remain unsigned. One players the New York Giants should go after is wide receiver, Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended David W. Carter High School in Dallas, where he played basketball, football and ran track. He played as a quarterback for the Carter Cowboys high school football team. As a senior, he passed for 870 yards and eleven touchdowns on 45 completions out of 100 attempts. He also ran for 646 yards and nine touchdowns on 100 carries. He was four-star football recruit as an athlete.
Crabtree then accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Texas Tech University, where he played for Mike Leach’s Texas Tech Red Raiders football team from 2006 to 2008. He was a two-time unanimous All-American and twice recognized as the nation’s top college receiver. Crabtree also was two-time Biletnikoff Award and Paul Warfield Award winner during his collegian career at Texas Tech.
During the 2009 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Michael Crabtree 10th overall in the first round. On October 25, 2009, Crabtree made his first career NFL start against the Houston Texans catching 5 passes for 56 yards and playing more snaps than any other 49ers receiver in the game. On November 22, 2009, Crabtree caught his first touchdown on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith, beating veteran All-Pro cornerback Al Harris on the play. He caught his second touchdown pass, and his first touchdown at Candlestick Park against the Arizona Cardinals in a Week 14 divisional match up. He led all rookie receivers in yards per game, with 56.8 yards per game. Crabtree went on playing for the 49ers through the 2014 NFL season catching a total of 347 passes, for 4,327 yards, and 26 touchdowns.
Now a free agent, Crabtree can be an ideal fit for the New York Giants. With Rueben Randle struggling last season and nobody knowing when Victor Cruz will be 100 percent to return to football field, Crabtree will be able to step in right away and contribute. He comes from a winning background, has Super Bowl experience, and can play both in the slot and on the outside as a wide receiver. Once Cruz is healthy, the Giants will have a receiving corps that consists of Beckham Jr., Cruz, and Crabtree. That is one dynamic trio and will help booster the team’s fight back to becoming a playoff contender and a Super Bowl Champion.