The New York Jets added an explosive playmaker this offseason in Jamison Crowder, but he wants to make it clear he’s more than just a slot receiver.
While the signing of star running back Le’Veon Bell stole most of the headlines for the New York Jets offense this offseason (and with good reason), the Gang Green made another significant addition on that side of the ball.
Jamison Crowder spent the last four seasons establishing himself as one of the most reliable and explosive slot receivers in the entire NFL, and he brings that unique skill set to New York this season.
But while the former Duke product is known for his ability to make plays while lining up inside, he wants everyone to know he’s capable of getting the job done from any alignment (via team reporter Olivia Landis):
I pride myself on just going out there and being a ball player, regardless of where they want me to play — inside and out it doesn’t matter. I just try to learn as much as I can and continue to go out there and take it to the field and continue to grow as a player in this league, both mentally and physically. I take pride in everything honestly.
At the same time, Crowder knows how valuable an elite slot receiver can be in today’s NFL. He wants to bring that kind of value to a young and promising Jets defense in 2019, much like some big-name pass-catchers have done in recent years across the league:
I think I’ll be very valuable. Just looking at the film, he (Gase) had guys like Wes Welker, Jarvis Landry, those guys have really put up numbers in this league. I’m just trying to learn the system as best as I can and go out there and be the best that I can every day and bring that value that I can to the offense and to the team.
Crowder joins an underrated group of pass-catchers that includes a speedy deep threat in Robby Anderson, and a physical possession receiver in Quincy Enunwa. His skill set will be the perfect complement to those two, and new head coach Adam Gase has the aggressive style of offense that will put him in position to make plenty of big plays this season.
After being a mid-round draft pick and putting up solid numbers over his four years in Washington, don’t be surprised if Crowder makes himself a household name with the best season of his career this year.