Crawley recorded 54 tackles (47 solo), 17 passes defensed and one interception across 13 contests in 2017.
In his second season, Crawley solidified himself as the Saints' starting cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore after starting the season as an inactive. The 24-year-old is under contract through next season but then will become a restricted free agent. However, if he continues to grow in Dennis Allen's system throughout the offseason the Saints may have no choice but to offer the young cornerback a long-term deal.
Crawley (abdomen) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Crawley sat out last week's loss to the Rams but indicated earlier this week that he expected to play Sunday. The Saints need the help in the secondary with safety Marcus Williams (groin) already ruled out, and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and P.J. Williams (shoulder) listed as questionable.
Crawley (abdomen) said he expects to play Sunday against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
The play of Crawley and fellow starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ankle) has played a large part in the Saints' defensive turnaround, but the team's secondary couldn't hold serve when both players sat out the Week 12 loss to the Rams with injuries, as opposing quarterback Jared Goff amassed 354 yards through the air. Lattimore wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice and looks at risk of missing another game, but the potential return of Crawley would be a boon for the Saints in an important divisional matchup. Crawley could shadow Devin Funchess for most of Sunday's contest if Lattimore is held out.
Crawley presumably suffered his abdomen injury in last week's game versus the Redskins. His opposing starting cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, will also be sidelined for the contest. Thus, P.J. Williams and De'Vante figure to be likely candidates to get the start, while Sterling Moore and Justin Hardee should help provide depth.
Crawley played 57 of 59 defensive snaps in the Saints 34-13 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.
Crawley was active Sunday for the first time this season with Marshon Lattimore (concussion) and Sterling Moore (chest) sidelined and received the start. The 24-year-old recorded eight tackles (seven solo) and had two passes defensed, as he performed well when pressed into service for his season debut.
|3||9/23/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ BAL||4:05 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||11/29/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||15||43||40.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||8|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||13||54||47.0||7||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||17|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||9||7.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||15||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|