Jamison Crowder isn't mentioned as part of that foursome. He should be, obviously.
Maybe five is a crowd when comparing one set of receivers to another. How many NFL teams even have two or three viable options? The kind who can juke defenders with the pursuit of open space in mind. The kind who don't start with a set role, but ultimately secure an important slot? The kind who transition smoothly from the college with 59 receptions in their first pro season.
The 5-foot-8 target might be hard to see on the field amid a sea of goliaths, but overlooking Crowder even with all the other receiving threats is unwise.
The good thing, it appears, is that after his good rookie campaign, the 2015 fourth round pick is standing a bit taller entering his second season, so says the starting quarterback.
"I think it’s a little bit of confidence and common sense but when it's your second year and you caught as many passes in your first year you come in a little more confident and sure of yourself and you know what it means to be a pro now, Kirk Cousins said of Crowder. "So, all of that lends itself well to taking another step forward although he did so many good things for us last year."
Crowder quickly became a trusted option.for Cousins during the quarterback's first season as starter. With Jackson sidelined early on with a hamstring injury, the rookie help fill the void. Not that Crowder has Jackson's raw speed, but his shiftiness help provide separation from defenders. He caught all six targets in his third NFL game and then upped that reception total in each of the next two games. Though the numbers dipped once Jackson returned, Cousins' confidence in him did not.
"He is another guy that I get really excited to talk about," Cousins said. "Great teammate, smart player, natural sense of how to get open, how to run different option routes and choice routes, great natural hands and is really good after the catch pulling away from people.
"Just add it to the list of guys who we are excited about being able to throw to."
Doctson joined that list when Washington selected him 22nd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. The lengthy Doctson and the diminutive Crowder represent the future, especially with fellow wide outs Jackson and Garcon entering the final year of their contract. In the present, the TCU rookie tries figuring out the NFL game -- he missed OTAs this week with a sore Achilles -- while the and the Duke product looms large in the slot.
When it comes to viable pass catching options for a quarterback, five is not a crowd, but a blessing. Kirk Cousins appears to have that, as long as one doesn't overlook Jamison Crowder. The QB won't. Neither should anyone assessing the Redskins receiving corps.
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