Why the Vikings should target Jamison Crowder to be their new WR3

(Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Jamison Crowder
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Crowder was a bright spot for the Jets

While his 2020 campaign was a bit underwhelming, Crowder stepped in and helped a plummeting Jets team in 2019. He led the team in targets, yards, receptions, and touchdown catches in his first season.

He boasted a career-high with 122 targets and hauled in 78 of them for a respectable 833 yards. His quarterback play was not great, but Crowder still showed that he was capable of being the guy on offense, even with big money spent on Le’Veon Bell.

Crowder hauled in six more touchdowns that season while also adding 41 first-down receptions. New York was not good, but he was at least able to give the team’s offense some life at times.

After two years with the Jets, it appears as if his time could be coming to an end with the franchise. New York already drafted his replacement in the slot in Elijah Moore and they improved the wide receiver room when they signed Corey Davis in free agency. Second-year wide receiver Denzel Mims is also expected to have a big role in 2021.

That leaves Crowder out of the offense as the Jets set up yet another rebuild. If he is granted a release this summer, the Vikings make too much sense. What could his role look like if he reunites with Kirk Cousins in Minnesota next season?