Crowder missed the team's season-opener against the Carolina Panthers after he tested positive for COVID-19 the week prior. But on Thursday, the Jets officially activated Crowder off the COVID-19 list and he returned to practice.
As for Cole, he sat out of Week 1 with a knee injury that he sustained in practice. He was listed as questionable for the game, but the Jets decided to keep him out in a game-time decision.
In Week 2, however, both players are expected to return which could provide a major boost to the Jets offense.
Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole will bolster the NY Jets wide receiver corps
Without Crowder and Cole, the Jets started the likes of Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios alongside Corey Davis in Week 1. Moore was underwhelming in his debut, but figures to play an important part in the wide receiver rotation moving forward.
Berrios, on the other hand, will likely see a sharp decrease in playing time. The former sixth-round pick played 57 percent of offensive snaps on Sunday as well as 43 percent of special teams snaps.
Crowder will likely take Berrios' place in the starting lineup as the Jets' slot receiver. It will be interesting, however, to see how the Jets use Moore.
Will Moore continue to start alongside Davis on the outside? Will Cole take his place? Perhaps the Jets use Moore all over the field both in the slot and on the outside.
Either way, expect the Jets' top four wide receivers to all have a role. The same probably can't be said for Jeff Smith and Denzel Mims.
Smith played nine offensive snaps on Sunday while Mims was on the field for three, but it's hard to imagine either player seeing any playing time this week.
Mims will likely be a healthy scratch given that he's WR7 on the depth chart and doesn't play special teams. Smith's only chance of being active will be if the Jets value his special-teams contributions enough.
The reinforcements are coming for the Jets' wide receiver corps.