- The New York Jets have signed WR Jamison Crowder to a new three-year deal
- Can Crowder improve a Jets’ passing game which finished 25th overall in 2018?
- How many receiving yards and touchdowns will Crowder finish with in 2019?
With NFL free agency in full swing, the New York Jets made a move to improve their offense by signing ex-Redskins’ WR Jamison Crowder.
Crowder joins the Jets on a three-year, $28.5 million contract, with $17 million guaranteed.
Crowder will be expected to spark life into a Jets passing game which ranked 25th in the league in YPG. Online sports betting sites are expecting the move to see Crowder’s stats improve over last season where he finished with only 388 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Jamison Crowder Props
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*Odds taken March 12
The 25-year-old receiver joins the Jets after four seasons with the Washington Redskins. During his Redskins career, he played in 56 games while catching 221 passes for 2,628 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Only two of those four seasons did he exceed 700 receiving yards (2016, 2017), and only once did he catch more than four touchdowns. That came during his second season in 2016 when he caught seven.
Source confirms that the Jets will be signing free-agent WR Jamison Crowder, (as @Rapsheet said).
The best slot WR on the market. pic.twitter.com/5X4gTC17UN
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 11, 2019
While Crowder’s 2018 stats weren’t overly impressive, he only played in nine games due to an ankle injury.
He also wasn’t given much help playing in a Redskins’ passing offense which ranked even worse than the Jets’ at 28th.
The rotating cast of characters at quarterback, which included Alex Smith, Josh Johnson, Mark Sanchez, and Colt McCoy, also didn’t help matters.
Jamison Crowder Stats Last 3 Seasons
With yardage and touchdown totals set at 700 and four, respectively, sportsbooks seem to be expecting Crowder to return to a form which saw him average 818 receiving yards and five touchdowns over 2016 and 2017.
Crowder To Step In As Number Two Receiver
Crowder will join a Jets’ receiving corps which severely under-performed last year. Robby Anderson led all receivers with 50 receptions, 752 yards and six touchdowns – all team-highs.
The only other receiver to score more than a single touchdown was TE Chris Herndon, who finished with four, while totaling 502 receiving yards.
Though WR Quincy Enunwa has proved versatile in multiple receiving roles, he finished with under 500 yards and just one touchdown last year. However, he did miss time with an ankle injury of his own and only played in 11 games.
The expectation in New York has to be for a better 2019 than 2018. Mainly because, well, it can’t be much worse. At 4-12, they finished last in the AFC East.
First-year quarterback Sam Darnold finished 23rd in passing yards and only threw 17 TDs compared to 15 INTs.
Now in his second season and with a new head coach in Adam Gase, revered for his offensive approach and for an ability to get the most out of his quarterback, Darnold should take a step forward.
Should that happen, the opportunity is there for Crowder to become a top threat in the Jets passing game from the slot position.
Both Jamison Crowder (new Jet) & Quincy Enunwa (new contract w Jets) primarily play slot. 2018 performance:
•Slot: 49% success, 9.3 YPA, 101 rtg
•Outside: 38% success, 3.4 YPA, 58 rtg
•Slot: 43% success, 6.8 YPA, 75 rtg
•Outside: 40% success, 6.0 YPA, 49 rtg
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 11, 2019
While Enunwa played plenty in the slot role last year, Gase has talked about expanding his role to get him the ball in different ways. That was before the Jets signed Crowder, who primarily plays the slot role.
Bet A Strong 2019 From Crowder
I like the over in both of these Crowder props.
Consider this, he finished with 388 yards last year but averaged 43.1 YPG. Having only played nine games in 2018, if you run the math, Crowder would have finished with 689.7 yards had he played a full season.
Having only played nine games in 2018, if you run the math, Crowder would have finished with 689.7 yards had he played a full season.
He also scored two touchdowns last year in that shortened season.
Should Crowder stay healthy, and the Jets offense improve at all in Darnold’s second year, he should be able to exceed these totals.
Adding three more touchdowns over last year seems doable, and with a total set at four, even if he only improves by two, you’d still get your money back.
Best Bets: Jamison Crowder Over 700 receiving yards and Over 4 touchdowns