It’s safe to say that Washington Redskins wideout Jamison Crowder is an up-and-coming performer in the NFL. And he does that within a very crowded pass-catching corps. Crowder had to fight for throws despite the presence of wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, as well as tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis.
The 2015 fourth-round pick ranks second on the team with 67 catches and finishes third on the club with 847 receiving yards. Proving himself as a threat in the open field, Crowder totals a team-best eight total touchdowns and led the Redskins in yards after the catch. The slot receiver is a player that threatens opposing defenses.
With Garcon (San Francisco 49ers) and Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) gone via free agency, Crowder is the beneficiary. All told, that is a combined 216 targets that are no longer with the club. Yes, the ‘Skins add Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick this offseason, but Josh Doctson is also a name to keep in mind. He didn’t play much his rookie season due to injuries.
It is Crowder’s time to climb atop the depth chart. He is the guy to accumulate the short passes from quarterback Kirk Cousins. He hasn’t gotten the attention he rightfully deserves in his short time in the league. He’s also one of the more efficient wide receivers Washington has seen in a while. This all sounds like a recipe of success.
Crowder enters his third year in the league. This would also be his third season catching passes from Cousins as well. Having the quarterback to wide receiver connection is key. Look for Crowder to approach 80 catches this season, – as well as 1,000-plus receiving yards.
Jamison Crowder is the new main guy within the wide receiver corps. Reed is one of the league’s best tight ends in the game today but has unable to stay healthy consistently. Meanwhile, the young wide receiver is poised to have a breakout year for the Redskins this upcoming season. Given the recent success, expect 2017 to be the year Crowder makes a true name for himself.
Michael Trivisonno is a Washington Redskins contributor for Pro Football Spot. You can learn more about him by following him on Twitter at @Mike_Triv.