The Jets gave Crowder $9.5 million per year in free agency, which shows intent. Adam Gase has had success with slot receivers in the past. Wes Welker had 73 catches when Gase was the OC in Denver in 2013. Jarvis Landry had 96 catches in 2016 and 112 catches in 2017 after Gase took over the team. A 33-year-old Danny Amendola led Miami in receptions (59) last year. Crowder has had fantasy success in the past, finishing No. 30 in 2016 and No. 37 in 2017, but he was not healthy in 2018. The other issue is that the Jets already have Robby Anderson and target-hog Quincy Enunwa, who has a similar skillset as Crowder.
The Jets were able to exhale Tuesday after wide receiver Jamison Crowder was cleared to return to practice, one day after an injury scare.
Crowder left Monday’s practice after injuring his left foot. Crowder limped off the field and was examined by team trainers and doctors before heading inside early. Jets coach Adam Gase said later that Crowder would undergo an MRI exam and other tests on the foot.
Apparently, there were no issues. The team announced Tuesday afternoon that Crowder had been medically cleared and is expected to practice Wednesday. The Jets had a day off from practice Tuesday.
Adam Gase is promising to use Enunwa in multiple ways.
The Jets gave Enunwa a four-year, $36 million contract extension last December to keep him from becoming a free agent. Former general manager Mike Maccagnan gave Enunwa that deal, so it will be interesting to see how new GM Joe Douglas and Gase feel about Enunwa.
The presence of Jamison Crowder will allow Enunwa to play outside more and become more of a complete wide receiver.
Staying healthy has become a challenge for Enunwa, whose physical style hurt him last year. Gase has stressed that Enunwa sometimes needs to go down instead of fighting for every inch in order to keep himself healthy. That will go against Enunwa’s instincts, but it will be interesting to see whether he can adjust his style of play and stay on the field more. Enunwa is 54th on our list behind Anderson and Crowder.
Jamison Crowder had an impressive spring. He is extremely quick and looked fully healthy. The combination of Crowder, LeVeon Bell and Chris Herndon should give Darnold plenty of options in the middle of the field and create headaches for opposing defenses. Adam Gase will create mismatches with Crowder and if he can get a linebacker on him, watch out.
Crowder returned punts in Washington and he could get a look in that unsettled role with the Jets, but they are clearly more interested in him as their starting slot receiver.