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Does Michael Crabtree fit on a Jon Gruden-coached Raiders team?

From ESPN - January 8, 2018

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Does Michael Crabtree have a future with the Oakland Raiders under new coach Jon Gruden?

The receiver seemed to have a one-way ticket out of Oakland before Jack Del Rio was fired minutes after the Raiders season-ending loss at the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend. Crabtrees frustration was palpable in the locker room that day.

If I react, then Im a bad guy, you know what Im saying? Crabtree said at the time.

I do everything Im supposed to do. I play 60 minutes every time we play. Game winners after game winners. I do everything they ask of me [but] these last two games, and Ive probably had three targets. But nobody is saying anything about that, but its all good. Im going to keep working hard, man, and be me.

Crabtree, who had been quarterback Derek Carrs security blanket until the wheels fell off the Raiders' offense this season, had a point.

In Oakland final two games -- at the Philadelphia Eagles and at the Chargers -- Crabtree was targeted five times total and had two catches for 18 yards. This after he was targeted 13 times at the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14 and 17 times against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15.

And yet ...

Crabtree might have lost the trust of Carr and the coaching staff with a series of drops late in the season, perhaps none bigger than the one he had at the goal line in Philadelphia in the third quarter of a 7-7 game.

Plus, there was his fight with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib in Week 12, for which Crabtree served a one-game suspension. Although Raiders players publicly said they understood why Crabtree went after the chain-snatching Talib, many observers thought it was a selfish act.

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