(1) Introduction: Packers TE Tom Crabtree is an old school tight end. You’re more likely to see him blocking along the line than running routes, but the past two seasons Crabtree has focused on improving his pass-catching abilities. A legend on Twitter, Crabtree looked to have his strongest season in 2012 before heading into restricted free agency.
Thomas Lewis Crabtree
- Age: 27
- Born: 11/04/1985, in Carroll, OH
- Height: 6’4”
- Weight: 245
- College: Miami (OH)
- Rookie Year: 2009
- NFL Experience: 4 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: With Andrew Quarless likely to be out for the majority of the 2012 seasons thanks to a knee injury, Crabtree became the team’s primary backup tight end. He was expected to contribute as an extra blocker and on special teams and occasionally in the passing game. Crabtree was expected to do the dirty work tight ends sometimes have to do and comfortably made the 2012 roster.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: If the Packers were playing on national television, Crabtree somehow found a way to make a big play. Perhaps the most stunning was a 27 yard touchdown by Crabtree on a fake field goal in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears. Crabtree found the end zone in front of a national audience again against the Houston Texans with a 48-yard touchdown. His longest of the year came on a 72-yard touchdown against the Cardinals when Rodgers found him over the middle. As for lowlights, he did miss two games with injuries and was at times part of a line that gave up 51 sacks of Aaron Rodgers.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: The Packers special teams struggled at times and Crabtree was part of that unit. His sudden knack however for the big play on offense helped spark the Packers to a win over the Bears and sealed a victory over the Cardinals in a game the Packers should not have had has much trouble with. He had eight catches (a career high) on 12 targets.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Not much from Crabtree as far as receiving during the playoffs as he had only one catch (against the Minnesota Vikings) for 10 yards. He was targeted only one other time in the playoffs.
Season Report Card:
(B+) Level of expectations met during the season
(B+)Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke