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Green Bay Packers 2010 Player Evaluations — Offense — Tom Crabtree

1.)Introduction: The first image many Green Bay Packers fans may have of tight end Tom Crabtree from the 2010 season would be of tight end in training camp just trying to make the season opening roster.

The final image of the season would have to be the Drew Brees-like image of Crabtree holding his son in the air with confetti falling after the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

Crabtree has been described as a project in the receiving game, but in the blocking department he was looked upon as an immediate contributor.

Such would be his role with the Packers in 2010.

2.) Profile:

Thomas Louis Crabtree

Position: TE
Height: 6-5    Weight: 244 lbs.

Born: November 4, 1985 in Columbus, OH

Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 1 (11873rd overall since 1950)

3.) Expectations entering 2010 season: In a word, none.  With Jermichael Finley a budding superstar and the veteran Donald Lee behind Finley, not much was expected of Crabtree this season.  In fact, he was not even a lock to make the active roster with rookie Andrew Quarless behind him.

When the dust settled, Crabtree made the 2010 Packers but not much was expected of this third stringer unless some weird rash of injuries broke out.

Like that would ever happen.

4. ) Highlights/Lowlights:  When you only catch four passes in a season, you  obviously won’t show up much on SportsCenter during Packer highlights.  But for one his grabs, Crabtree definitely made the highlight reel.

Crabtree’s first (and so far only) NFL touchdown reception came in the NFC Wild Card against the Philadelphia Eagles.  In a game that went back and forth and eventually came down to the wire, Crabtree’s touchdown reception was key to the Packers successfully starting their run to Super Bowl XLV.

One of his lowlights shouldn’t even really be a lowlight, but the record book will stand forever in history.  On a Steelers punt return, Crabtree was flagged for a 15 yard facemasking penalty enough though replays clearly show that Crabtree at no time had his hands on a Steelers facemask and instead had a fistful of jersey.

Still, anytime your number is called for a penalty and hundreds of millions of people are watching, it’s a lowlight.