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Top Michael Crabtree News

  • Michael Crabtree: Let go by Cardinals

    Arizona released Crabtree on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    Crabtree appeared in two games for the Cardinals, amassing four catches on five targets for 22 yards over 32 snaps on offense. It seemed the veteran was entrenched in the team's depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Damiere Byrd, leaving him little with which to produce fantasy value. Crabtree will now have to find another opportunity elsewhere.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Makes little impact in debut

    Crabtree started but played just 19 of 60 offensive snaps in Sunday's 23-17 defeat at Baltimore.

    The Cardinals trotted out four wide receivers in the starting lineup, but Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Damiere Byrd all saw at least 93 percent of the offensive snaps while Crabtree and rookie KeeSean Johnson were relegated to 32 percent apiece. The sparse usage resulted in just two receptions (on three targets) for 13 yards for Crabtree, who was making his debut with the team. Perhaps his workload will increase as he becomes more familiar with coach Kliff Kingsbury's scheme, but the top wideout trio seems entrenched at the moment, hurting Crabtree's fantasy viability.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Making debut with Arizona

    Crabtree is active for Sunday's contest at Baltimore, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    As expected, Crabtree will take the field Week 2 after being a healthy scratch in the regular-season opener. It's unclear if Crabtree will supplant KeeSean Johnson or Damiere Byrd in the wide receiver pecking order, but the veteran appears poised to be the third or fourth option behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Expected to play Week 2

    Crabtree is expected to play Week 2 in Baltimore, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Crabtree signed with the Cardinals on Aug. 21 and landed on the inactive list for Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Lions. Coach Kliff Kingsbury expects the veteran wideout to suit up for the second game of the regular season, facing the team he played for last year. The Cardinals mostly used four-wide sets in their opener, relying on KeeSean Johnson and Damiere Byrd behind top options Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. It isn't clear if Crabtree will directly replace one of those players or merely be another body in the rotation.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Sitting out Sunday

    Crabtree (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Lions, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Although Crabtree joined the Cardinals late in the preseason, he opened the season as the No. 3 WR on the team's unofficial depth chart. With such a listing, he was expected to be a starting wide receiver in Kliff Kingsbury's pro version of the Air Raid, but apparently he doesn't deem the veteran ready for Week 1. With Crabtree out of the lineup, Kyler Murray will target wideouts Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson, Damiere Byrd and Andy Isabella.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Projected to start Week 1

    Crabtree is listed as a starter on the Cardinals' first depth chart for the regular season, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    This is a good time to point out that depth charts are created by a team's communications/PR department, not the football staff. To that end, coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week that he wasn't sure if Crabtree would be ready for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Lions. The depth chart doesn't provide an answer, but the decision to keep Crabtree on the 53-man roster suggests he'll eventually have a role on offense, considering he's never been a factor on special teams. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are the other starting wide receivers on the depth chart, with KeeSean Johnson, Trent Sherfield and Damiere Byrd listed as second-stringers. Rookie second-round pick Andy Isabella checks in at the very bottom.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Uncertain for Week 1

    Coach Kliff Kingsbury isn't sure if Crabtree will be ready to play Week 1 against the Lions, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official website reports.

    Crabtree signed with the team last Wednesday and was held out of the final two preseason games. It isn't even clear that he'll have a significant role in the offense if/when he's deemed ready to play.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Will not play Saturday

    Crabtree will not play Saturday against the Vikings, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.

    This shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering Crabtree just signed with the team Wednesday. The Cardinals' lack of veteran depth at the position aside from Larry Fitzgerald likely means the soon-to-be 32-year-old should have a spot on the 53-man roster if he can impress during the final few weeks of training camp, but he'll have just one exhibition game to do so with Saturday's latest designation.

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  • Cardinals' Michael Crabtree: Joining Arizona

    Crabtree agreed Wednesday with the Cardinals on a one-year deal, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

    Crabtree worked out with Arizona earlier in August, but it took a couple weeks before the two sides could come to terms on a deal. The veteran wide receiver had 54 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns on 100 targets in Baltimore last season. He's expected to fill a depth role as a member of the Cardinals, the fourth stop of his NFL career.

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  • Michael Crabtree: Nearing deal with Cards

    Crabtree is nearing agreement on a contract with the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Crabtree was close to reaching a deal with Arizona earlier in August after working out with the team, but those talks ultimately fell apart. His latest discussions with Arizona appear to be gaining some steam, with rookie wideout Hakeem Butler's fractured hand perhaps spurring the Cardinals to bring in some additional depth at the position. The 31-year-old Crabtree caught 54 of 100 targets for 607 yards and three touchdowns with the Ravens last season, but he probably won't be in store for as prominent of a role if he ends up reaching a deal with Arizona.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Dallas, TX, USA
Age: 34
School: Texas Tech
Experience: 11