I've noticed in the comments since the middle of this past season that there is a small movement that is getting tired of 49ers WR Michael Crabtree and thinks the team should try and trade him away. Other folks are not at that point but remain convinced that he likely isn't going to become a number one wide receiver for the 49ers.
Crabtree joined the 49ers after a protracted holdout and proceeded to put together a very impressive rookie season. In 11 games he hauled in 48 receptions for 625 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his sophomore campaign however, he had a bit of a regressions. He had 55 receptions for 741 yards and 6 touchdowns, but it was over a full 16-game season. Furthermore, he seemed to disappear from the offense for long stretches. There were three different games where he had only one reception. Although he didn't quite openly complain about the offense (as far as I can tell), one could sense he was displeased with the way things were developing.
Through all this, I wonder how much of Crabtree's abilities have been suppressed at times by poor QB play and a poor offensive scheme. Good wide receivers can make things work in bad situations, but it can still be difficult particularly for young receivers. Additionally, there is the common refrain that wide receivers often take until their third year to really break out. Crabtree is entering his third season in the NFL and will have a new quarterback and a new offense at his disposal.
Can Crabtree be effective in the west coast offense and will he have that third year breakout we often hear about with wide receivers? I know I could be wrong about him, but I remain convinced he can be a legit number one for the 49ers. There have been complaints about his attitude but at this point I think it's too soon to be concerned about that. Wide receivers get the diva tag fairly easily and I'd like to give him more time in hopefully a more stable situation this season before tagging him as some kind of problem child.