Jamison Crowder is a wide receiver on the rise for the Washington Redskins. As a Duke Blue Devil, Crowder recorded 283 catches, 3,641 yards (12.9 yards per catch) and 23 touchdowns in addition to 135 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also gained a combined 1,799 return yards and four touchdowns in his four year career with Duke. According to Redskins.com's Jake Kring-Schreifels, General Manager Scot McCloughan thinks Crowder will be a tough guy to cover and believes he's an excellent route runner:
"You know what, for an undersized guy he’s got a chip on his shoulder. He’s a really good punt returner. He is a receiver first, punt returner second. And he’s going to come in here, you put him in the slot, he’s going to be tough to cover. He’s a football player."
He proved that against the Houston Texans in joint practices recently:
Here are several scenarios going over his prospects of making the team:
#1. How He Makes the Team
He makes the roster as a slot receiver and return man. He has the skills to do both as we saw with the above videos and he wants to embrace a role as a return guy:
"I’m looking forward to punt return and that’s something that I had great success with in college, and definitely something I like to do," he said. "Whether it’s offense or special teams, any time I get an opportunity I want to maximize that and do what I can do help this team. Once I get comfortable with that, most definitely I’ll be ready for the preseason," Crowder told CSN Washington’s Rich Tandler. "Obviously, you want to do the first things first, catching the ball and securing the ball. After that it’s pretty much God-given talent and natural ability."
#2. Why He Doesn't Make the Team
He doesn't make the team purely because of his size. He has the speed, agility, hands etc but he's the shortest wide receiver currently on the roster. He doesn't make the team also due to season ending injury before or during preseason.
#3. Prediction of Where He Lands
Jamison Crowder gets the fourth wide receiver spot. He's been really impressive in training camp and has the ability to make a splash with the offense and on special teams. He could be the steal the Washington Redskins got in this year's draft like Alfred Morris was in the 2012 NFL Draft.