Crowder has been dealing with a hamstring issue for some time this week. As a result, he did not practice yesterday. Crowder’s replacement in the slot will be punt returner Braxton Berrios. Breshad Perriman and Chris Hogan will lineup on the outside.
In last week’s contest against the Buffalo Bills, Jamison Crowder was targeted 13 times, catching seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Undoubtedly, Crowder was the Jets’ best receiver last season, catching 78 passes for 833 yards and six touchdowns. Quarterback Sam Darnold will miss him dearly on Sunday.
Right now, the Jets’ offense is clearly in jeopardy. Starting running back Le’Veon Bell will be out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury. Ageless wonder Frank Gore is projected to take most of the backfield reps. Other starting receivers Breshad Perriman and Chris Hogan were barely seen or targeted last week. They will have to play a big role this Sunday.
Tight end Chris Herndon was barely targeted or utilized on the field. When he was, Herndon killed the Jets’ offensive momentum by crucially fumbling a pass in the fourth quarter. Second-string tight end Ryan Griffin was not targeted at all on Sunday. Last season, Griffin was Sam Darnold’s safety blanket and did a nice job.
For the Jets to succeed on offense without Jamison Crowder, head coach Adam Gase will have to use more two tight- end sets to get Herndon and Griffin involved.
If Chris Herndon and Ryan Griffin disappear again, Sam Darnold will have no one to throw to. If that happens, Jamison Crowder’s presence on the field will be dearly missed.