Coming into the season, Redskins fans thought they might have signed a true WR1 in Terrelle Pryor. However, Pryor never eclipsed 70 yards receiving in a single game, and is now on Injured Reserve. This left Kirk Cousins to spread the ball around equally to Vernon Davis, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant, and Jamison Crowder.
In the first six weeks of the season, Crowder only had more than 50 receiving yards once (he had 52 in week three). In the four games since then, Crowder has put up career numbers, with 123, 76, 72, and 141 yards, and added his first touchdown of the season last week against the Giants on Thanksgiving.
Much of the attention around the Redskins receiving corps has been directed toward Josh Doctson. He may be a better red zone and deep ball threat than Crowder (four touchdowns this year as opposed to Crowder’s one). Doctson has the more typical build of a receiver (6’2″ and 206 lbs as opposed to Crowder at 5’9″ and 177 lbs). Doctson was a first round draft pick for the Redskins in 2016, whereas Crowder was a fourth round pick in 2015. Despite all this, Crowder has been the receiver of choice for Kirk Cousins. Over the past four weeks, Crowder has racked up 42 targets compared to Doctson’s 23.
The Redskins’ playoff push looks unlikely at this point, but in order to keep from elimination in the weeks to come, Crowder will need to keep up this recent production.
Even if the Redskins’ don’t make the playoffs this year, Crowder’s recent WR1 potential both in targets and yards is something to take note of and hope for in seasons to come.