The Oakland Raiders are looking to build on a 7-9 season in 2015 and did so by adding veterans such as cornerback Sean Smith, linebacker Bruce Irvin and safety Reggie Nelson.
In doing so, veteran wide receiver sees the vision of general manager Reggie McKenzie, and that's to build a winning team.
"Just trying to build a championship team, doing the most we can do to win and build a winning team. I like what we’re doing,” Crabtree said after the Raiders third Offseason Team Activity session.
The eight-year-veteran can see the core working together, both the veterans and younger guys that McKenzie and the Raiders front office have added and he thinks it's beneficial to both sides.
“I think we help each other, you know, the young guys helping the old guys, the old guys helping the young guys," Crabtree said. "That’s what a team is. Building a team, building a championship team, like I said, and it’s really competitive. It’s really [competitive]. The young cornerbacks competing with Sean [Smith]. Me and ‘Coop’ [Amari Cooper] competing and just building a team and making this team that much better.”
And that's no different in the wide receiving core, where Crabtree is flanked by two second-year receivers in Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts. Cooper is coming off a 1,000-year season and a Pro Bowl during his rookie year, while Roberts was a dangerous weapon. Crabtree feels they push each other every day competing.
“Like I said, me and ‘Coop,’ Seth Roberts, Andre Holmes, I feel like we compete every day," Crabtree said. "I give them what I know and those guys teach me about the new day. It’s a new day now in the NFL. I just capitalize on it and have fun with it.
"I can’t wait to get out there with him and do our thing. Like I said, we’ve got ‘Coop,’ we’ve got Seth Roberts. He’s young and I feel like he is going to be real good. Andre Holmes, he’s tough, a taller guy. I feel like we have some weapons.
Crabtree thinks the young receiver Cooper can build on his already Pro Bowl season where he became the first Raider to haul in 1,000 yards since Randy Moss did it in 2006.
“It’s one year and every year adds experience," Crabtree said. "It’s one of those things when you have talent like that you just build off of it, really the knowledge of the game. You’re getting smarter and different situations on the field, and I feel like he is doing that."