This news seemed inevitable after word surfaced that Crowell suffered a torn Achilles while working out Monday. The veteran tailback was considered an option to take over the starting role for the Raiders this season, though he was slated to be in competition with first-round pick Josh Jacobs. Jacobs should now be viewed as the top candidate to start in the backfield, though the Raiders also sport the likes of Jalen Richard, Doug Martin, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren on the roster and it wouldn't be surprising if the team adds another veteran. Crowell, who was on a one-year contract, will aim to be healthy for the 2020 season either in Oakland or elsewhere.
Crowell suffered a torn Achilles on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports
Signed to a one-year contract earlier this offseason, Crowell figures to miss all of 2019 after tearing his Achilles during a team workout. Rookie first-round pick Josh Jacobs is left with minimal competition for carries, though the Raiders likely will add a veteran to their backfield before Week 1. The 26-year-old Crowell should at least have time to get healthy before the 2020 offseason, at which point he may need to find a new team.
Crowell is facing serious competition in the backfield after Oakland used the No. 24 overall pick on Josh Jacobs, Josh Dubow of The Associated Press reports.
Given his draft status and well-rounded skill set, Jacobs instantly becomes the favorite for the Week 1 start, while Jalen Richard remans the best bet to handle obvious passing situations. Crowell, on the other hand, may need to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, as his one-year contract contains only $300,000 guaranteed, per overthecap.com. The 26-year-old had a career-high mark of 4.8 yards per carry last season with the Jets, but he did most of his damage in three games and was otherwise ineffective before a toe injury forced him to injured reserve Dec. 14. He does at least seem to be healthy for the offseason program, where he'll battle with DeAndre Washington, Chris Warren and a few other players for one or two roster spots.
With veteran backs Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin still unsigned at this stage, Crowell fills a void in the Oakland backfield. The 5-foot-11, 225-pounder logged 143 carries for 685 yards and six TDs in 13 games with the Jets last season, adding 21 catches for 152 yards. For now, Crowell slots in as the Raiders' top back for early downs, with Jalen Richard the favorite to handle passing downs. DeAndre Washington remains on hand in a reserve capacity, while Chris Warren and James Butler round out the team's RB depth chart as the 2019 NFL Draft approaches.
Crowell is scheduled to visit the Raiders on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Crowell was released by the Jets at the beginning of the league year despite matching a career-high mark of 4.8 yards per carry during his lone season in New York. He essentially had three big games and 10 quiet ones, then missed the final three weeks of the season with a foot injury. Crowell would be a competent replacement for Marshawn Lynch on early downs, though it isn't quite clear Lynch won't return.
|2018||New York Jets||13||6||143||685||4.8||77||6||6||26|
|2018||New York Jets||13||6||21||152||7.2||21||0||1||0||7|
|2018||New York Jets||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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