Michael Crabtree Knows He Has a Lot to Prove


He said “they,” instead of “we,” a few times when talking about his new team, but Michael Crabtree otherwise handled his first Raiders media session with aplomb Thursday.

He admitted it “feels a little funny” being in Alameda for a minicamp after six seasons with the 49ers. But he knows what’s been asked of him, and Oakland’s new No. 1 receiver is happy with his role as a one-year hired gun on a team short on offensive weapons.

“I’m here,” he said after practice. “Guys want me and need me. I talked to the coach. He wants me and needs me. I feel comfortable. I can’t wait to go play.”

Crabtree admitted he has a chip on his shoulder after a frustrating free-agency experience left him with a one-year, prove-it deal that guarantees him only $1.3 million. (He can make another $400,000 for 70 catches or 900 yards, $1.4 million for 100 catches for 1,400 yards and $400,000 for being named to the Pro Bowl.)

“I have a lot to prove,” Crabtree said. “A lot to prove. Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove.”

via Vic Tafur of SFChronicle.com

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