Jamison Crowder should be most productive Washington Redskins receiver in 2017
The Washington Redskins have some new faces in their receiving corps for 2017. That said, third year man Jamison Crowder may be the most productive for them in the upcoming season.
Jamison Crowder has been highly impressive during his two year NFL career. One of the gems of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have been able to capitalize on his playmaking ability during his time with the team. Despite his diminutive 5-foot-8 frame, Crowder has developed into a solid receiver, possessing the capability of playing outside or in the slot. In 2017, he will have a chance to have his best season yet.
The Redskins had an interesting offseason in terms of their receiving corps. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both leaving, the team is going to be replacing their two starters. They brought in Terrelle Pryor in free agency and will have former first round pick Josh Doctson to serve as replacements. However, Doctson was unable to stay healthy during his rookie season due to a troublesome Achilles. The Redskins may look to bring him along slowly as a result, and that will allow Crowder to start on the outside with Pryor.
Pryor figures to be a good fit in a Redskins offense that desperately needed some red zone playmakers. After having a quality season in Cleveland with a quarterback carousel that saw Cody Kessler function as the team’s top quarterback, Pryor joined the Redskins and should end up succeeding with Kirk Cousins at the helm. Still, Pryor will need time to adjust to Cousins and it may be a few weeks before they have strong chemistry.
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Crowder will face significantly fewer issues. He has never missed a game in his NFL career, playing in 32 games with 15 starts. He already has great chemistry with Cousins and will continue to be his security blanket over the middle of the field. This should allow Crowder to find success early and often and he could rack up a lot of yards in the early weeks of the 2017 season.
It also helps Crowder that he is an explosive playmaker. At any moment, he can turn a catch into a big gain thanks to his speed and elusive ability. Once Pryor and Doctson get going, Crowder will have more opportunities to go under the radar and rack up receptions.
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At the end of the day, Crowder looks like he will really be the top receiver for the Redskins this season. There is something to be said about continuity in the NFL, and Crowder being the lone holdover among the Redskins starting receivers should help him out greatly. Expect him to be relied upon heavily early in the year, and he should become a 1,000 yard receiver as Cousins’ favorite receiver.