By Kevin Oestreicher
This year has not gone as planned for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Quite the opposite. Other than an impressive Week 1 touchdown against the Buffalo Bills, Crabtree has been practically invisible. When Joe Flacco does look his way, he seems to drop the ball on every fifth target.
According to Pro Football Focus, Crabtree has a receiving rating of 57.0. That ranks 10th on the team out of 13 — just ahead of Chris Moore, Lamar Jackson and Hayden Hurst. Running back De’Lance Turner and the recently waived Tim White are among the players with better grades.
Sunday’s Week 5 loss to the Cleveland Browns was more of the same for Crabtree. It was his worst game as a Raven, and probably his worst game overall in a long time. Crabtree finished the game with six receptions for 66 yards on 12 targets. This stat line looks pedestrian but fine on paper. Howver, if you watched the game, you know just how poorly Crabtree actually played.
The biggest point of note was Crabtree’s three drops. Two were third-down plays that likely would have resulted in first downs and put Baltimore in scoring range. The last one was in the end zone with only minutes left in regulation, which would have given the Ravens the win. These give Crabtree eight drops on the season — the most in the league by a wide...