Redskins Breakdown: Team crushed by injuries, offensive ineffectiveness in Week 8 loss
Receiving Game: Jamison Crowder finally has breakout performance
The Redskins desperately needed some of their receivers to step up. To start the season, the only consistent pass catching threat has been running back Chris Thompson. The team needed to get a big performance by one of their top guys and they did get it on Sunday.
Jamison Crowder finally was the No. 1 receiving threat that many expected him to be to start the season. He posted the first 100-plus yard receiving game by any player besides Thompson. He recorded nine catches for a whopping 128 yards. Crowder was every bit as good as those numbers indicate.
Early in the contest, Crowder caught a long ball to set up the Redskins first score. That seemed to get him going. After that, Cousins continued to target Crowder who was able to get space and separation for the first time this season. In the second half, Crowder continued to be a downfield threat and also was able to create his own yards after the catch. It was the first time that he demonstrated that elusiveness this year and it really helped the team.
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Moving forward, the Redskins need to get more performances out of this from Crowder. It’s clear that the other receivers on the team have not worked out. Terrelle Pryor had zero catches this week. Josh Doctson had a 1-yard touchdown, but he also dropped a potential big gainer from Cousins. Crowder is the one who has the potential to be the most consistent, and the Redskins desperately need him.
Hopefully this is the spark that Crowder needed to get his season going. Life won’t be easy for him next week against the Seahawks, but if he can produce in Week 9, then he will establish himself as a legitimate threat once again.