Crowder hauled in seven of his eight targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints.
Crowder has topped 70 yards receiving in each of his past three games as he continues to cement himself as the Redskins' top target. In addition to a gut-wrenching loss Sunday, the Redskins left the game with several key injuries to offensive weapons, including Chris Thompson (fibula) and Ryan Grant (calf). Furthermore, Jordan Reed (hamstring) continues to miss practice time and Terrelle Pryor (ankle) was placed on injured reserve. All these injuries leave Crowder as one of the few established targets in Kirk Cousins' arsenal, which could lead to increased targets on Thanksgiving night against the Giants.
Crowder (personal) returned to practice Thursday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
As expected, Crowder is back after dealing with a personal matter Wednesday. He's come to life in his last two appearances, combining for 13 catches for 199 yards on 24 targets. If Jordan Reed (hamstring) is held out for a third consecutive game, Crowder could see similar volume Sunday versus a Saints defense that has given up 13.5 YPC and no touchdowns to wide receivers over the last four contests.
While suiting up for two of the Redskins' last three games, Crowder has held a significant role in the offense, earning a whopping 24 targets, which have yielded 13 receptions for 199 yards. Crowder hasn't reached the end zone this season, but assuming his personal matter doesn't impact his availability Sunday, he'll attempt to strike against a Saints defense that hasn't yielded a touchdown to a wideout since Week 6.
Crowder snagged four of 11 targets for 76 yards and added a five-yard run during Sunday's 38-30 loss to Minnesota.
Crowder has now topped 80 total yards in back-to-back weeks after failing to reach 55 total yards in any of his first six games of the season. He's also been targeted a total of 24 times during that span as compared to 30 times in his first six outings. The uptick in looks makes sense for a Washington team skidding out of the playoff picture. Kirk Cousins entered the 2017 season without familiar faces such as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, with Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor entering in their stead. Washington was able to put up a season-high 30 points leaning on old standbys like Crowder, Chris Thompson and Vernon Davis. Look for Cousins continue to look their way.
Crowder (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Crowder took a seat Week 9 due to a lack of confidence in his hamstring, but the tide turned in his favor in advance of this contest when he practiced Wednesday through Friday, albeit in a limited capacity. With Jordan Reed (hamstring) sidelined again, the Redskins passing attack will be headed by Crowder, Josh Doctson, Vernon Davis, Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor.
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