New York Jets get back Jamison Crowder to boost wide receiver room
We've activated WR Jamison Crowder.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 16, 2021
The Jets had one open spot on their roster. Crowder’s activation brings the active roster to the limit of 53 players.
Thursday marked the day that Crowder cleared protocols after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 3. He will make his season debut against the New England Patriots on Sunday after missing the team’s season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Jets will also be getting back wide receiver Keelan Cole, who missed the opener with a knee injury.
Crowder’s presence has been a key factor for the Jets since he joined the team in 2019. In the five games that Crowder has missed, the Jets have gone 0-5 while averaging 10.6 points per game.
Cole will make his Jets debut after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Jaguars.
With Crowder and Cole sidelined against Carolina, the main beneficiaries of their absences were Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith. Berrios ranked third among the team’s wideouts with 37 snaps (57% of the plays) and served as the team’s primary slot receiver, a role that is expected to be filled by Crowder. Smith was seldom-used as he ranked fourth with nine snaps (14%).
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New York is hoping its wide receivers can take advantage of a matchup with a Patriots secondary that lacks star cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who is sidelined with a quad injury. The Jets posted a season-high 257 passing yards against a Gilmore-less Patriots team in Week 9 of the 2020 season, with Joe Flacco under center.