Crowder has been working on his explosiveness with the Duke University strength and conditioning staff, preparing to join the Redskins for offseason workouts in mid-April, Steve Wiseman of The News & Observer reports. "Personally, I still think there's a lot that I can accomplish here," said Crowder. "That's why I've been here working, grinding with coach [Noel] Durfey and the sprint staff. I've been working running routes, getting back into the groove of things before we start OTAs."
A 2015 fourth-round pick, Crowder likely is hoping for a contract extension as he prepares for the final season os his rookie deal. He only scored three times in 15 games last season while noticing a slight dip from 2016 in catch rate (63.5 percent), yards per reception (12.0) and yards per target (7.6), though all of those numbers are above average for a receiver who primarily operates from the slot. Crowder shouldn't have too much trouble adjusting to the change from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith, considering the latter has long been one of the league's more accurate quarterbacks on short throws. There will be a bit more competition for targets following the offseason addition of Paul Richardson, but Crowder remains a tentative favorite to lead the team in receiving opportunities for a second straight year, as TE Jordan Reed (toe) can't be expected to play a full schedule. Crowder, Richardson and Josh Doctson all seem to be enjoying healthy offseasons, whereas Reed and pass-catching back Chris Thompson (leg) are rehabbing from their respective surgeries.
Crowder, who hauled in three of his seven targets for 25 yards in Week 17's loss to the Giants, ended the season with 66 receptions for 789 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games.
Crowder burst onto the scene in 2016 as a dynamic scoring threat for Washington, reaching the end zone seven times last season. While his reception totals were almost identical -- 67 receptions in 2016 -- Crowder failed to find the end zone as often this year and didn't make the fantasy leap that many were projecting for him at the beginning of the season. Still, Crowder managed some outstanding weekly performances, recording over 120 receiving yards in two games. The offseason provides another opportunity for Crowder to grow into the No. 1 wideout role in Washington's offense as he enters his final season under contract.
Crowder (hamstring) corralled all four of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-11 win over the Broncos.
Perhaps as a means of limiting Crowder's workload while managing the hamstring issue, the Redskins only allowed the wideout to play 31 offensive snaps, his fewest of the season. The lightened snap count didn't prevent Crowder from reaching the end zone for the second time in as many games, however, allowing the 24-year-old to pay dividends for those that kept him active in the fantasy playoffs. With the Redskins having been removed from postseason contention for a while, Crowder may not see a full slate of snaps in Week 17, but a favorable matchup with a porous Giants secondary might be enough to justify rolling him in most leagues.
Crowder (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday against the Broncos.
Crowder has tended to hamstring concerns since he reported to training camp, but it won't stop him from taking the field for the 14th time in 15 chances this season. Unfortunately for Crowder, he likely will be lined up with slot corner Chris Harris for most of the contest, which could cause his catch rate in a given game to fall below 50 percent for the first time since Week 10.
Crowder (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Broncos, per a source, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
You'll want to await official word from the team regarding Crowder's status leading up to Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.
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