Here’s what Fox-TV NFL analyst Brian Billick said on the
broadcast Sunday about
“I’m not sure he quite understands what he’s about to get into,’’ Billick said.
Boy, did I get a big laugh on that one.
As a beat writer for Texas Tech during Crabtree’s career with the Red Raiders, let me be the first to tell you that this young man can really play. He’s super quick, he’s shifty, he runs great routes, and his hands are as soft as a baby’s bottom.
I don’t care if he did miss training camp and the first five games of the season while mired in a contract stalemate with the 49ers, Crabtree will be a success in the NFL. His talent is just too great for him to fail.
The Niners got a taste of the future when Crabtree made his NFL debut Sunday with five catches for 56 yards. And that doesn’t include a 22-yarder he had nullified by a penalty.
What’s more, of Crabtree’s five receptions, four of them went for a 49ers’ first down.
Later in the game after Crabtree’s obvious talent rose to the top, Billick said: “You’ve got to be impressed with his hands. He must have incredibly strong hands. This is an impressive start for this young man.’’
No joke. Is anybody other than Billick surprised?
Scanning down the DirecTV dial, two other former Tech wide receivers also put on impressive showings on Sunday.
New England’s Wes Welker caught 10 passes for 107 yards and a TD,
ran four punts back for 53 yards and also rushed once for six yards as the
Patriots went to
Back here on the mainland, ex-Raider _ and ex-Dallas Cowboy _
Danny Amendola caught five passes for 39 yards for the St. Louis Rams during
Sunday’s 42-6 loss to
Somewhere, Tech coach Mike Leach has a smile on his face to replace that frown he carried around after Saturday’s 52-30 embarrassing home loss to Texas A&M.
-- Dwain Price