The New York Jets made their first skill position addition of the offseason by signing former Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder to a 3 year, 28.5 million dollar contract with 17 million guaranteed. He will join offensive guard Kelechi Osemele as the second new starter on the team’s offense heading into 2019…
Crowder is 25 years old and entering his fifth season. Over his first four years with the Redskins he compiled 221 receptions, 2,628 yards and 14 touchdowns. His productive season was in 2016 where he totaled 847 yards and 7 touchdowns for a playoff Redskins team. At 5 foot 9, 177 pounds Crowder is a prototypical slot receiver who wins with his short area quickness, route running and speed down the seam. Prior to last year, he suited up for 47 of 48 games. In 2018, he missed 7 games due to an ankle injury.
OOOOHHHH😍 me to the @nyjets signing of Crowder. This is how to help your young stud QB out-get him a cat on the inside who is talented & smart. @Connor_J_Hughes @Jonas_SNY @BrianCoz @RichCimini @RVacchianoSNY @JCaporoso @Espngreeny be happy #NFLGamepass #NFLFreeAgency pic.twitter.com/z5JDs3pCGD
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) March 11, 2019
The addition of Crowder will allow the Jets to utilize Quincy as a versatile chess piece who can move between slot, H-Back and the outside instead of pigeon holded into strictly a slot, while Robby Anderson can continue to work on the outside as a vertical threat.
Whether it was Jarvis Landry, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant or Danny Amendola, Adam Gase has not been shy about peppering his slot receiver with targets and setting up consistent YAC situations for them. Considering Sam Darnold’s comfort level throwing in between the hashes, Crowder should have opportunity to approach the production he put up in 2016 and 2017, if he can stay healthy.
With the available wide receiver market, Crowder was arguably the best option for the Jets alongside Adam Humphries (when signed with Tennessee) when you considered age, role and skill set. The Jets didn’t need to be investing in 30+ year old options like Golden Tate or Danny Amendola and Crowder projected to be a better value add than Cole Beasley. This was a good, needed move to build out a wider range of options for Sam Darnold.