Crowder could take more snaps on the outside this season, Mark Bullock of The Washington Post reports.
Crowder was primarily used out of the slot last season as Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined to miss only one game and both drew triple-digit targets (Crowder wasn't far behind with 97). Although he still figures to man the slot in three-wide formations, Crowder may also have a regular job out wide in two-receiver sets, potentially playing ahead of 2016 first-round selection Josh Doctson. Such a role takes on added importance given how well No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis played last season, as the Redskins likely will use a lot of two-TE formations if Davis and Jordan Reed both stay healthy. At 5-foot-8, 182 pounds, Crowder has the physical profile of a pure slot specialist, but last year's marks of 12.6 yards per catch, 8.7 per target and seven touchdowns were more in line with what's expected of an outside receiver. He produced like a slot specialist in terms of catch rate (69 percent), yards after the catch (5.8 per reception) and drops (one), and yet still led the team in red-zone targets (16) and had six catches that went for more than 30 yards. Crowder now has a clear path to improving upon last season's target total and offensive snap percentage (73.7).
Crowder should see his role expand following the departures of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, ESPN.com reports.
Even if Washington ends up signing Terrelle Pryor -- who is visiting with the team Friday -- there's clearly room for Crowder to take on a larger role in a receiving corps that just lost a pair of proven contributors. Crowder did excellent work with his 97 targets last season, catching 67 passes for 847 yards and seven scores. Given his efficient production, in combination with Washington's offseason moves, Crowder has a good shot to see triple-digit targets in his third NFL season. He's already proven to be one of the better slot receivers in the league.
Crowder fizzled out towards the end of his breakout season, as he recorded nine receptions for 80 yards in Washington's last four contests, failing to reach the end zone in every game. Still, it was an impressive year for the 23-year-old, as the No. 3 wideout recorded 67 receptions for 847 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games. He may take on an even larger offensive role next season: DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon could go elsewhere in the offseason. If that is the case, look for Crowder's fantasy value to climb in 2017.
Crowder, who has been a breakout performer this year, had his quietest game of the season Saturday. The No. 3 has been dying down of late, as he hasn't found the end zone since Week 13 and has failed to record over 50 receiving yards since Week 12. With DeSean Jackson's (jaw) status in question at the moment, Crowder could be poised for a bigger workload in the regular season finale next Sunday.
Crowder had his second worst game of the season in terms of receiving yards on Monday. His four catches were relatively average. He just couldn't create much separation and was held to a longest gain of just eight yards. He'll look to bounce back next week against a struggling Bears' secondary.
|P1||8/10/17||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|4||10/2/17||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/23/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/17||@ DAL||8:25 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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