Alex Smith has already seemed to develop a trust in his slot receiver, Jamison Crowder. Washington has other targets who pleased Smith—and he still hasn’t worked with tight end Jordan Reed. That won’t happen until some point in training camp as Reed recovers from toe surgeries.
But Crowder is the most proven of the wide receivers, with three consecutive 60+ catch seasons as he enters his fourth year. There’s a reason Smith smiles when asked about Crowder, a receiver he clearly clicked with this spring.
Crowder has finished as the WR33 and WR31 over the past two seasons, respectively, due to getting fewer than 15 percent of Washington's targets. In fact, no Washington pass-catcher has received more than 16.2 percent of team targets under Jay Gruden. However, the article does note Smith owns a combined 102.8 quarterback rating when targeting slot receivers over the past five years. That’s third-best in the NFL over that time for quarterbacks who have made at least 30 starts, trailing only Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Crowder could be the WR to own in Washington, especially at his ninth-round ADP, but his upside appears limited.