Red­skins WR Crow­der thinks of­fense ‘can still be very ex­plo­sive.’

Re­ceiv­ing corps to move on with­out Jack­son, Gar­con

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY NORA PRINCIOTTI

The names, faces and skill sets sur­round­ing Jami­son Crow­der in the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins re­ceivers’ room have changed quite a bit this off­sea­son. Crow­der is the only re­ceiver left who gained more than 700 yards last sea­son, but, de­spite all that, he doesn’t ex­pect the of­fense to suf­fer in 2017.

“I think it can still be very ex­plo­sive like the pre­vi­ous two years I’ve been here,” Crow­der said Mon­day, the first day of off­sea­son work­outs for the Red­skins.

Of course, it’s re­ally only the first of­fi­cial day. Red­skins play­ers can get back in the team’s fa­cil­i­ties and work with coaches, but they’ve been work­ing out to­gether for

months now.

Crow­der was part of a group that trained in Tampa with Jon Gru­den, coach Jay Gru­den’s brother, at his fa­cil­ity there through­out March.

There, Crow­der got to know Pryor, the Red­skins’ flashiest free agent sign­ing. They worked with Kirk Cousins and Josh Doc­ston, among oth­ers, pre­par­ing for the sea­son and de­vel­op­ing chem­istry.

Doct­son is one rea­son Crow­der feels con­fi­dent. Doct­son has made it into only two games for the Red­skins be­cause of Achilles’ in­juries, but Crow­der ex­pects him to pro­duce in 2017.

“I have faith in him that he’ll be a huge weapon for us,” Crow­der said.

Even with the Red­skins hav­ing lost two 1,000-yard re­ceivers in Pierre Gar­con and DeSean Jack­son, Crow­der said he wasn’t sure he’d take on a larger work­load him­self. Crow­der played in ev­ery game, start­ing nine, and caught 67 passes on 99 tar­gets for 847 yards in 2016.

“I mean I re­ally don’t know, I re­ally don’t know as far as my role in­creas­ing. That’s re­ally on the coach­ing,” Crow­der said.

“I’m just go­ing to roll with the flow ... if my role does in­crease then I’m pre­pared for that,” he said.

Crow­der was quick to point out that the Red­skins of­fense still runs through Jor­dan Reed, a tight end who Crow­der called “more of” a re­ceiver any­way.

Reed, though, has strug­gled to stay on the field be­cause of con­cus­sions. He also took part in the Tampa trip and Crow­der said Reed was feel­ing good dur­ing their ses­sions.

“He looked good, looked in shape,” Crow­der said.


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