NY Jets’ wide receiver Jamison Crowder missed practice with a hamstring injury.
Crowder was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday, but head coach Adam Gase didn’t mention his injury in the pre-practice meeting with reporters indicating that he suffered the injury during practice.
His absence on Thursday seems to support that notion. And barring an appearance in Friday’s practice, Crowder’s status for Week 2 remains very much in doubt at the moment.
That would be awful news for a Jets’ receiving corps that can ill-afford to lose its top contributor. Crowder finished Week 1 with seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown including a 69-yard catch-and-run that was the only glimmer of excitement for the offense on Sunday.
Breshad Perriman as ineffective and the same could be said for Chris Hogan who hauled in one reception for zero yards on four targets. Crowder was quite literally the only consistent presence on offense.
Without him, the Jets will be in even worse shape than they already are.
The NY Jets’ offense will be even worse without Jamison Crowder.
If Crowder can’t go, the Jets will likely turn to Braxton Berrios to start in his place in the slot. Berrios didn’t receive a single offensive snap on Sunday as the Jets rolled with exclusively the trio of Crowder, Perriman, and Hogan.
But if Crowder is out, expect to see a lot of Berrios and perhaps some other receivers as well. The Jets temporarily promoted Josh Malone from the practice squad on Sunday and they might opt to do the same, or permanently promote him, this week.
Others such as undrafted receivers Lawrence Cager and D.J. Montogomery as well as recent practice-squad signee Jaleel Scott could receive the call too.
Cager is probably the most likely option given his strong camp which would certainly add a degree of intrigue to the game. That said, none of the three have much experience working out of the slot meaning they wouldn’t be ideal replacements for Crowder/Berrios.
The Jets did receive some good news regarding both Mekhi Becton and La’Mical Perine as both rookies made significant strides on Thursday.
Becton practiced fully after being limited on Wednesday meaning that he should be good to go for this Sunday. Meanwhile, Perine returned to practice in a limited fashion for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in training camp.
While that news is promising, the update regarding Crowder ruins what was otherwise an encouraging practice.