TOM CRABTREE, TIGHT END Season stats: 16 games (14 regular season, two postseason); nine catches, 213 yards, three touchdowns; two dropped passes, three tackles broken or avoided; one QB sack allowed as pass-blocker Best game: Week 9 win over Arizona (two targets, one catch, 72 yards, one touchdown; minus-0.1 PFF rating) Worst game: Week 5 loss at Indianapolis (one catch, six yards; one QB sack allowed; minus-3.5 PFF rating) ProFootballFocus.com season rating: Minus-6.7 (second-worst on Packers offense; worst among Packers tight ends) Expectations at the start of the season: Low Expectations were ... Met Looking live: Crabtree is never going to be expected to catch a lot of passes. However, he had several highlight plays this season, including a 27-yard fake field-goal touchdown reception in Week 2 that was tossed to him from holder Tim Masthay. On that play, Crabtree benefited from perfect blocking and a play-call by coach Mike McCarthy that the Chicago Bears clearly weren't expecting. This allowed Crabtree to run untouched into the end zone. Crabtree had another memorable play when he caught a 16-yard pass in Week 9 and ran it another 56 yards for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. With Andrew Quarless unable to play at all this season as he recovered from a knee injury, Crabtree played 45 more snaps this year than he did in 2011. Upon further review: Crabtree is on the Packers mostly to be a productive run-blocker. This season, he was on the field to run block for 227 snaps, compared to only 107 snaps as a route runner and just 53 snaps as a pass-blocker. The problem is that, for the second consecutive year, Crabtree hasn't graded out very well in run-blocking. In each of the past two seasons, ProFootballFocus.com has listed Crabtree as by far Green Bay's worst tight end in run-blocking situations. Though Jermichael Finley isn't a great run-blocker, he graded out better than Crabtree in 2011 and 2012 while playing a very similar number of snaps in that role. Tight end D.J. Williams was the best among the position group this season in blocking on run plays. Crabtree had his memorable touchdowns this season, but he didn't perform at a very high level in the areas that he's expected to play his best.
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