Jets WR Jamison Crowder building trust, chemistry with QB Sam Darnold
By Luke Easterling
The New York Jets have a new weapon in slot receiver Jamison Crowder, and he’s doing everything he can to build a strong rapport with quarterback Sam Darnold.
Running back Le’Veon Bell wasn’t the only explosive playmaker the New York Jets added to their offense this offseason.
In an effort to give second-year quarterback Sam Darnold as many weapons as possible this season, the Jets also went out and signed one of the top slot receivers in the entire league in Jamison Crowder.
Despite being slowed by a minor injury earlier in the week, Crowder is fully committed to giving Darnold a trustworthy target he can rely on, and a big-play machine who can strike from anywhere on the field (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
I just want to be a weapon, somebody that’s reliable, somebody that’s consistent. I just want to gain trust from him that when he wants to go my way, he has that trust and that confidence that I’m going to make a play.
It’s only been a handful of practices so far, but Darnold is already loving what his new pass-catcher brings to the table:
He’s so quick. Everyone knows how quick he is, but he’s fast, too. I think he can hit another gear, too. He’s got game speed, especially when someone gets the better of him. If someone maybe predicts what route he’s going to run and they maybe beat him to the spot on one play, the next play you know he’s just going to come out firing. That’s just kind of who he is. He’s a competitor and it’s good to see that.
After spending the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins, the former fourth-round pick out of Duke has established himself as a tough competitor who can make the difficult catches over the middle. He’s also a threat to take every reception to the house, something every quarterback loves.
The Jets already have a solid 1-2 punch on the outside in Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, but Crowder gives them the perfect complement in the slot.
Jets fans should expect Darnold to take full advantage of his new weapon this season and beyond.