49ers WR Michael Crabtree wasn't celebrating after Sunday's win but rather bemoaning a decreased role in the offense, describing his altered status as that of a "third-down receiver." Asked Wednesday to clarify if he's disgruntled, Crabtree said: "Call it how you see it, bro."
Crabtree, who is in the final year of his contract, acknowledged last Thursday his production this season "ain't where I want it to be."
Crabtree is seeing 7.6 targets per game this season, which is more than he saw in his abbreviated 2013 season (6.6 T/G) and close to his 2012 numbers (7.9 T/G). His role hasn't changed all that much, but his reception percentage has dropped significantly, from 67.5% in 2012 to 58.8% this season. Drops have been a big problem for the 49er receivers, especially Crabtree. Looking ahead to his schedule down the stretch, he does have a couple of dates with the Seahawks, which doesn't bode well for his chances of turning his disappointing season around.