As im sure a lot of you did, I went a little sour on Patrick Crayton after those miscues in the playoff game. Yes, he came up short in a big spot, and yes his mouth is sometimes a bit big for his britches. But is he really that inadequate as a #2?
A lot of people would point to the numbers of second options like Anquan Boldin or T.J. Houshmandzadeh in comparison to Crayton. Granted Crayton is not in the class of these two, but would their numbers not decrease if they had to share receptions with an impact tight end? Jason Witten caught 96 balls last season. If we had some run of the mill tight end catching 35 balls, maybe Crayton squeezes out 20 more catches. Then he's in that 70 catch, 850-900 yard territory.
It wasnt that long ago that we were all praising his hands and his route running. And when he re-signed we were all relieved. I think we've been a little unfair because of that final image we have of him.
He's not Boldin or Housh, but he's good enough. Maybe he takes another step forward this season as he has in each of his previous years and suprises us. And let's keep in mind, he's our #2 wideout, but he still only has to be the third option.