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What You Need to Know:
-Crowder excelled on high volume in his 1st season with the Jets (2019): 122 targets, 78 catches, 833 yards, 6 TDs.
-He played all 16 games for the first time since 2016.
-2020 brought the return of injury woes. He dealt with a hamstring injury in training camp and missed Weeks 2-3 with the same issue.
-When on the field, Crowder was a high-volume fantasy asset. His first 4 games turned up 7, 7, 8 and 7 catches on 46 total targets. He hit 100 yards 3 times.
-That production simply wasn’t sustainable in a bad environment under HC Adam Gase/QB Sam Darnold. Crowder topped 50 yards only twice over his final 9 games.
-Crowder, 28, also missed 2 mid-season games with a groin injury.
-This summer, the Jets swapped out Darnold for rookie Zach Wilson. He projects as an instant upgrade.
-Crowder, though, hasn’t participated in OTAs (at least through early June). He’s sitting out while his agent works out a potential paycut. He’s currently slated to make a whopping $10 million.
-The Jets return 2020 Round 2 pick Denzel Mims, added Corey Davis in free agency and spent a 2021 Round 2 pick on dynamic slot Elijah Moore. With Moore looking pro-ready, the Jets might opt to release Crowder, thereby going younger and saving some cash.
-We at least like the Jets’ new coaching staff, which includes HC Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur.
-LaFleur has followed Kyle Shanahan from Cleveland to Atlanta to San Francisco since 2014. He’s held roles like offensive intern (Cleveland), offensive assistant (Falcons) and pass game coordinator/WR coach (49ers). LaFleur, brother of Packers HC Matt LaFleur, is only 34.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
Crowder actually posted a career-best 13.9 PPR points per game last fall. But he missed 4 games with groin and hamstring injuries and excelled mostly due to high volume.
If Crowder’s contract is restructured and he sticks with the Jets, look for a much quieter 2021. With Corey Davis, Denzel Mims and Elijah Moore, this offense is no longer thin at WR.
Crowder is a tough eval with his 2021 team uncertain.