Crowder caught two of four targets for eight yards and took two carries for 29 yards in Sunday's 21-9 loss to Indianapolis.
The only positive was an uptick in play volume, with Crowder's snap share jumping from 62 percent in Week 1 all the way to 93 percent in Week 2. He nonethless finished fifth on the team in targets and sixth in receptions, with RB Chris Thompson and TE Jordan Reed doing the heavy lifting -- 19 combined receptions -- for a second time in as many weeks. It'll be hard to trust any Washington wide receiver in a Week 3 home game against the Packers.
Crowder caught three of four targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Cardinals.
Washington jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, allowing Adrian Peterson to pile up 26 rush attempts while Alex Smith attempted just 30 passes. Crowder's volume was disappointing nonetheless, with Chris Thompson (seven targets), Paul Richardson (six) and Jordan Reed (five) all getting more looks. The 25-year-old slot receiver should be a bit busier against a soft Indianapolis secondary in Week 2, though it's another matchup that could favor rushing volume over passing volume for the Washington offense. Crowder's groin injury from August no longer seems to be a concern.
Crowder didn't play during the preseason due to a groin injury, but a focus on recovery has helped him get back to full health in time for the regular-season opener. With Alex Smith stepping in for Kirk Cousins, it remains to be seen where Crowder will stand in the pecking order for targets, but his ability to stay on the field (one DNP in three seasons) should keep him in the mix along with Jordan Reed, Paul Richardson and Chris Thompson.
Crowder (groin) returned to practice over the weekend, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Crowder missed the first two weeks of the preseason, but he seems to be on the right track to play in Friday's exhibition against the Broncos. It would be his first chance to work with Alex Smith in a game, after three years of catching passes from Kirk Cousins. There hasn't been anything to suggest that Crowder's groin injury is a major concern.
Crowder won't play in Thursday's preseason opener against New England, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
With no injury reported so far in training camp, Crowder likely is just being held out to minimize the risk of injury while also allowing other wide receivers to get more playing time. He already has three full seasons of experience in coach Jay Gruden's scheme, without any competition for playing time in the slot. There is reason to question how much playing time Crowder will get in two-wide formations, after his snap share landed between 69 and 74 percent in each of his first three NFL campaigns.
|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/8/18||@ NO||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|13||12/3/18||@ PHI||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|