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Need to Know: How many catches for Redskins WR Crowder in 2016?

Jun 8, 2016, 5:33 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 8, 50 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 150 days ago. It will be 96 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 50; Preseason opener @ Falcons 64; Final roster cut to 53, 87

Player quick hits

Here are some more quick thoughts on some Redskins players based on what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen in OTAs and rookie camp.

—I wonder if Jamison Crowder will catch as many as 59 passes again this year. The Redskins attempted 555 passes last year and while they may throw a few dozen more this year there also are additional potential targets in Josh Doctson and Vernon Davis and, presumably, DeSean Jackson will have more thrown his way if he stays healthy all year.

—I don’t know whether or not Kirk Cousins will end up signing a contract extension prior to July 15 but I am pretty confident that there are no active negotiations (defined as both sides exchanging proposals and moving towards a resultion) taking place. There is simply no reason for either side to give anything right now.

—I see Su’a Cravens taking the roster spot that was used for a defense lineman last year. They carried seven DL last year and considering that only three line up at a time that always seemed to be excessive. He’ll take a DL spot but will actually be a sixth inside linebacker and/or a fifth safety.

Shawn Lauvao sure is receiving a ton of praise for playing OK (run blocking adequate, gave up a sack and five hurries) in a very small sample size of two games last year. A lot of people assume that when he is healthy, which reportedly will be for the start of training camp, the left guard spot is his to lose. I disagree, I believe that Lauvao will have to clearly beat out Spencer Long to get the starting job.

Preston Smith won’t have a sophomore slump if only because his rookie year wasn’t that spectacular, for the most part. He finished strong and it looks like he has what it takes in terms of work ethic to keep it up. I think you can take double digit sacks for Smith this year to the bank.

Stat of the day

How pass happy were the 2015 Redskins? They passed an average of 34.7 times per game. Nineteen other teams took to the air more frequently.

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Jun 8, 2016 at 6:08 AM

    Many more pass catching targets this year vs last and cousins loves to spread it around. So I say less catches for Crowder this year.

    Cousins deal will be signed by the deadline.

    Great insight on Sua taking a line roster spot. Never thought of that. I think he will be safety and challenge Bruton this year at some point. Maybe challenge DHall. He will make a move to get on the field regularly.

    I agree with your Lauvao comment. Center could have been our running issue as well. Both LG and Center need to improve this year.

    Smith I hope so. I do however believe Gallette will get more sacks than anyone this year, if he stays on the field healthy.


  2. redskins12thman - Jun 8, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    The Redskins should sign Cousins long-term. How many serviceable starting NFL quarterbacks are there? Fewer than there are teams. When was the last time the Redskins had a quarterback that played as well as Cousins with as few games as the starter? 30 years ago? Theismann?

    As for the rushing attack, the team acquired Davis and hope he and Paulsen / Paul can help in the double tight end formation with Reed; other than that, the team feels it has the personnel to improve on last year’s performance — so the team must feel it is more about learning / experience, additional practice and playing as a unit and not about personnel. Last season, the team ran better when Lauvao / Lichtensteiger were in the line-up as opposed to Long / LeRibeus but how much could be attributed to the former is a matter fans continually debate. Hopefully Lauvao has fully recovered from his injuries so there is competition. Fans have also been hoping Kouandjio would be in the mix for starting LG, but the coaching staff have not mentioned him recently. Perhaps in Richmond?

    As far as the passing game, I hope the ball will be spread around more (pass and run), because that will mean the team has an even more balanced attack. As long as the Redskins are winning, that’s all that matters.

  3. garg8050 - Jun 8, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    Really depends on the running game and how successful it is. If the ‘Skins can’t run the ball, Cousins could approach 600 attempts this year. I actually see Garcon’s numbers dropping; Crowder’s numbers may stay the same, or actually go up, especially if they line him up some in the backfield and allow him to run some of the option routes that Thompson has run. Though it’s an obvious pass, think of the mismatches he’d be creating against a LB. Even if DJax is healthy, I don’t see him catching more than 50 passes…pretty much a one trick pony.

  4. Skulb - Jun 8, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    Lauvao got tied to the demise of our running game last year. It looked pretty good against Miami and great against the Rams. It even looked pretty good against the Giants until he went out. This perception might not be based entirely on stats though, and other factors probably played into it. But the perception is there anyway of Lauvao being a solid weapon in the run game. We’ll see I guess.

    • sidepull - Jun 8, 2016 at 8:10 AM

      Maybe he stays healthy this year. Those ankles. He goes in spurts. Maybe this is a good year I hope.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 8, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      Lauvao went out after five snaps against the Giants. Two runs (3 and 4 yards), 3 passes, complete, incomplete, interception. Can’t really say running game looked “pretty good” averaging 3.5 yards on 2 carries.

      • Skulb - Jun 8, 2016 at 2:08 PM

        Fair enough. It’s just that the team was above 4 yards pr carry in that game, unless I remember wrong. It didn’t fall off completely until after the Giants game. Anyway, I did say it was perception, not scientific fact. Many fans look at Lauvao’s injury, whether it’s wrong or right, as the reason for this change.

  5. troylok - Jun 8, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Beating 59 receptions in a season should be within Crowder’s abilities. If he catches an average of 4 balls a game he’ll beat that. Frankly, I think yards per catch is a more important stat for a third or fourth receiver. Third and fourth receivers aren’t going to get as many targets as the 1 and 2 receivers, so they have to make more things happen with the receptions they get. I think this is where Crowder will show improvement. As his RAC skills improve, he might also drive the ball into the end zone a little more. He only had two TD’s last season.

    • wvredskins - Jun 8, 2016 at 2:22 PM

      I agree on the YAC. Thats got to be the single most important thing for him to want to improve on. He came from Duke where he was excellent at Yard after catch. He was also excellent at returning punts. I think Crowder will get around 60 + receptions for one fact because Cousins believes in him. If the QB believes you are going to get open on third down then who is he going to throw too? Cousins has high praise on Crowder, so hopefully he can build on what he started last year. I would like to see him run more deep routes this year, because it just seemed he was stuck doing the options routes/ snake routes all to much. Keep the D honest and send him deep more often.

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 8, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    If Preston Smith can get double digit sacks while playing 3rd fiddle to Kerrigan and Galette, that’d be incredible.

    • John - Jun 8, 2016 at 2:40 PM

      Smith will be out there in passing situations taking advantage of mismatches along the line, most likely center or down on the edge like Murphy the last 2 seasons. More mix and match.

  7. abanig - Jun 8, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    My prediction for Crowder is 60 recs, 650 yds & 3 tds.

    I agree about Cravens taking the 7th DL position or the 9th LB position. I think we keep 10 dbs this year if you consider Cravens a S and I do.

    The reason Lauvao is getting praise is because he’s better than Long. Long may be a future starter at C or Lg in a year or two but he was below average as a starter last year he and Leribeus were the two main reasons our run game went on the crapper last year after week two.

    So yeah, even if Kory & Lauvao are only average, they’re still 10 times better than the alternatives.

    • bangkokben - Jun 8, 2016 at 9:46 AM

      The only way Crowder improves from last year is any sustained injury to Garcon, Jackson, Doctson, and Reed. Otherwise his snap count will be cut in half.

      The problem with believing that Kory and Lauvao are 10 times better than the alternatives is that it doesn’t take into account the REALITY that they have reached their ceilings, are coming off serious injury, AND WILL NEVER get back to their ceilings as players. No one knows what their new ceilings are but they are afforded the opportunity — unlike Chris Culliver — to establish that and prove that it is still better than the alternatives. On the other hand, Long and Kouandjio haven’t scratched the surface of their potentials yet. They may still be a year or two away or perhaps never get there but they could also take Morgan Moses type leaps and indeed be BETTER options this year. At this point last year, Moses was watching OTAs with a Lisfranc injury while Scherff was playing RT. The point is that a lot can happen between now and the 2nd week of training camp.

      • abanig - Jun 8, 2016 at 11:59 AM

        I don’t think Doctson, Garcon, Jackson or Reed take receptions away from Crowder.

        Crowder is basically a starter on this offense with as much as he plays and he’s by far the teams best option in the slot. I think Crowdee will be on the field as much as Garcon, Djax and Reed IMO. Cousins seemed to develop a relationship with Crowder on the same level he had with Reed. If anything Crowder gets more targets and the outside guys get less especially if Djax stays healthy. Djax will cut into Garcon’s targets, as will Doctson.

        As for Kory & Lauvao, we know what we have there. I’m sure their play will decline over the next few years as they get further into their 30s, but I personally think you’re overplaying the “they have new ceilings” thing. I don’t expect them to be any worse – or better for that matter – than they were weeks 1 and 2 of last year when they were 100% healthy.

      • John - Jun 8, 2016 at 2:25 PM

        Regarding Moses, once his foot was good to go, it was him having the opportunity and begin paired with Sheriff and having a specific spot nailed down as opposed to being a rook the previous season, looking completely lost.

        Kory and Lavau are better up front for the time being. Lavau was much better until the injury. He seemed to fit the change in scheme compared to the previous season.

        Regarding Long and Koanjou, both have potential. Long has gotten his feet wet. The problem is both are slow. Against quick LBs like Lee or Kuechly, they have issues picking them up because they are so quick. Technique and leverage will get them only so far.

  8. wvredskins - Jun 8, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    I dont see Cravens playing Safety at all this year. I see him taking on a role as playing in the box, covering tight ends, rushing the passer, things like that. I dont see him playing as a true safety, but will be a KEY part to our defense in our nickel and dime packages and whatever other position he will be put in. If there is one player that I cant wait to see play then its Cravens. There is just something about him that I think is going to make this Defense deadly IMO. When you hear Scot Mc talk about getting “Football players,” if Cravens doesnt fit that bill that I dont know what a football player is! HAIL

    • sidepull - Jun 8, 2016 at 1:28 PM

      wv your getting me jazzed to Cravens now! I do hope he is firecracker on that D this year.

    • John - Jun 8, 2016 at 2:35 PM

      He’ll play a role much link Dione Buchanan out in Arizona. Dime backer in pass situations picking up backs and tight ends or stopping runners sneaking on draws or screens. A situational jack of all trades Perhaps in time he’ll transition to strong safety. Not the next Sean Taylor as someone intimated a while back. Archives

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