Jamison Crowder was a key piece of the Redskins' offense during his rookie season in 2015, and the wide receiver only hopes his contributions -- including a few more touchdowns -- grow in 2016.
You couldn't fault Jamison Crowder for being nervous during his first ever practice with the Washington Redskins last season.
Crowder had just recently left Duke for his start anew in the NFL, and despite the fact the school is known for its athletic programs, the undergraduate population is less than 7,000 students.
But now with an entire rookie season behind him, one in which he broke Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk's long standing Redskins rookie receptions record with 59 catches, Crowder feels at home in Washington.
"It feels a lot different, I remember last year coming in around this time, I was nervous," Crowder said Monday on "Redskins Nation." "My first day as a rookie just being around guys like DeSean Jackson and Pierre [Garçon] and those guys, I was really nervous. But now I'm settled in, I'm a lot more comfortable, I know those guys pretty well after playing a whole season with them, so I feel pretty good right now."
Despite the internal tension, Crowder never showed any anxiety on the field during his first season. That was clear from the get-go when the 5-foot-8, 195 pounder held his own against seasoned veteran cornerbacks and safeties.
That would continue into the season, as he had at least five catches in six different games including a five-catch, 109-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys in the regular season finale.
While Crowder appears to be the team's long-term solution at slot receiver, he wants to improve on his touchdown total from a season ago when he had just two touchdown receptions.
"I felt really good about catching, I think it was 62 total catches including that postseason game, so yeah, that was pretty good," Crowder said. "But this year I want to get in the end zone some more, so that's one of my personal goals. Obviously the team goals, the offense's goals is to be able to produce and put points up on the board and I feel like we have the weapons this year to do it."
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Crowder added that will all of the team's top receiving threats coming back and with the addition of a player like first-round pick Josh Doctson, the offense has the right pieces to do some special things in 2016.
"Offensively we've got some weapons, so I'm looking forward to it," Crowder said. "I'm excited to see how we do this year."
Crowder is also expected to once again be the team's primary punt returner. Last season, he fielded 16 punts for 158 yards.
While his numbers didn't necessarily stand out (his longest punt return was 16 yards), Crowder believes his production will expand in 2016.
"The main thing for me is just to catch the ball," Crowder said. "That's the main thing, to try to judge it and get to the spot, get up under it as quickly as possible so I can be able to catch it. That's always the first thing that's going through my mind. And after that, after I field and catch it, it's just whatever then."