The NY Jets will likely have a new leading receiver in 2021 after Jamison Crowder held down the fort for the last two seasons. Such is the case when you revamp the wide receiver position in the way that the Jets did this offseason.
The Jets signed Corey Davis and Keelan Cole in free agency and added Elijah Moore in the 2021 NFL Draft — the latter addition proved to be the one that almost cost Crowder his place on the roster.
A nifty contract renegotiation kept him in New York, but it's likely he will take on a diminished role. That's something that seems to be an accepted reality at this point.
But despite this, Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski recently predicted that Crowder would be the Jets' "biggest bust" of the 2021 season. That's certainly a confusing prediction.
Will Jamison Crowder be a bust for the NY Jets in 2021?
Sobleski explained his choice by describing the situation with Crowder this offseason and explaining exactly what most already know — that the Jets won't be leaning on Crowder as their top receiver again this year.
"Sam Darnold, who established a strong rapport with Crowder, is no longer the Jets' quarterback. Instead, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson now has Corey Davis and second-round rookie Elijah Moore to target. Like Crowder, Moore excels from the slot. Crowder has clearly been phased out of the team's plans as free agency awaits after the upcoming campaign. "- Brent Sobleski
Everything Sobleski says here is true. Crowder was Sam Darnold's favorite target and it's unclear what chemistry the veteran slot receiver will develop will his new quarterback, Zach Wilson.
Throw in the extra competition at wide receiver and it seems obvious that Crowder will not only play a smaller role in 2021, but that he won't be on the team past this season.
But what part about that makes him a bust? Don't you have to fall short of expectations to be considered a bust?
If these are already the expectations for Crowder in 2021, it seems a little odd to predict that he will be the Jets' "biggest bust."
Perhaps that "honor" could have gone to someone like C.J. Mosley, Corey Davis, Carl Lawson, or even the aforementioned Zach Wilson. All four players have high expectations attached to their names and it's reasonable to suggest that they won't reach the heights many hope they will.
But if Crowder is already expected to take on a lesser role, it's hard to argue that he will be the team's "biggest bust" at the end of the season. The logic just doesn't add up.
Nonetheless, Crowder will look to prove his doubters wrong and put together another excellent campaign in 2021 despite the circumstances.