With so many weapons across the board -- each providing their own strengths -- Redskins second-year wide receiver Jamison Crowder believes Washington has the strongest group of weapons.
Jamison Crowder firmly believes the Washington Redskins have the top wide receiving corps in the NFL this year.
Not only are Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson – each possessing No. 1 wide receiver traits in their own ways -- once again returning, but Crowder himself feels more comfortable entering his sophomore year and the team used its first-round pick on All-American Josh Doctson.
"We are the best in the league," Crowder told ESPN 980 last week. "Behind just knowing we have guys like D-Jax, Pierre Garcon, like you said, Jordan Reed had a great season last year. We even added Vernon Davis at the tight end, but you know, he's still another weapon that can help us out in the passing game, and Niles Paul, then myself. But yeah, we think we have a really talented group of receivers."
On talent alone, Crowder expects the group to get stronger. But he also believes that if they want to remain the top receiving group in the NFL, they need to approach each day from training camp until the end of the season the right way.
"We just have to go out there every day at practice and just work on our game and make sure we are on the same page with Kirk [Cousins] or Colt [McCoy] -- whoever will be at quarterback -- so we can be ready for the season to come around, because the coaches know we have a really talented group. We know. All of us just can't wait to get out there and show the world the talents that we are."
What will help the entire offense, too, is an improved Cousins, who Crowder says is finally in "his comfort zone."
"As opposed to last year, he's a lot more positive, he has more energy," Crowder said. "Right now Kirk's in his comfort zone, he's very energetic day in and day out. He's trying to make sure everyone is on the same page as him, making sure the offense goes once the season comes around. You can definitely tell the difference between last year's Kirk and this year's Kirk."
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With Cousins back under center again for a Redskins roster that was strengthened by a strong offseason of moves, Crowder is confident Washington has "laid a good foundation" to compete for another NFC East title.
"It was real iffy for much of the season, we'd win a game, lose a game, kind of back and forth, and then [at] the end the year with four straight [wins], that's kind of when we noticed we got something here," Crowder said. "…Now we want to build on that. Make sure we can keep as many guys healthy as possible, we know we have a really good, talented ball team offensively, defensively, special teams; we've got a lot of weapons. We're just going to go out there play as hard as we can each Sunday, make it to the playoffs and try to make a run in the playoffs."
Becoming a better person and playerOn the field last season, Crowder had little problem adjusting from Duke to the NFL, as he shattered Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk's Redskins rookie reception record with 59 catches.
But where Crowder believes he grew the most during his first professional season is away from the spotlight, learning how to stand on his own two feet.
"I feel like as a person, just being out of college and not necessarily living the college lifestyle, but now you have a job and your job is to go out there and perform on the football field," Crowder responded when asked where he thought he grew most in 2015. "You have to find somewhere to live and you have to pretty much be out there on your own, so I think I definitely grew in that area of life."