Rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder knew going into Sunday’s game against the Eagles he’d receive a bigger role in the offense. With Andre Roberts inactive as a healthy scratch, Crowder took advantage with his best performance yet.
“We’ve seen that all camp,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said. “He had the injury there at the end of camp. He’s starting to emerge himself into a quality slot receiver for us and outside. The injury set him back just a little bit. Once we felt like he was 100 percent, we felt like he’s deserving of being where he is, and that’s on the field. He’s a tough guy. He handles the running game, smart, obviously makes big catches. The game’s not too big for him, you can see that.”
Crowder kept drives alive, averaging 9.3 yards per reception, particularly in the second half when he had six catches for 56 yards. Crowder said he felt prepared heading into the game and played with confidence as a result.
“On first downs when you can pick up five yards, now you’re at second and five,” Crowder said. “I like to call that being on schedule as opposed to getting a penalty and moving back. When you move the ball like that, it keeps the playbook open. The coaches can use all the plays that we have.”
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