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New York Jets activate WR Jamison Crowder from reserve/COVID-19 list

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New York Jets get back Jamison Crowder to boost wide receiver room

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been activated to the New York Jets‘ active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced.

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%).

Corey Davis led the Jets’ wide receivers with 58 snaps (89%) while Elijah Moore followed closely behind with 56 snaps (86%). Denzel Mims ranked fifth with three snaps (5%).

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.

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