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Could the Redskins offense be better in 2017? Jamison Crowder thinks so

Could the Redskins offense be better in 2017? Jamison Crowder thinks so

Offense led the way for the Redskins in 2016, and despite some additions to the defensive side of the ball, the same should be expected in 2017. Jay Gruden's track record suggests that his unit will move the ball at a solid clip, but the team lost a number of offensive weapons, and that could slow the 2017 pace.

DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left the franchise via free agency, and took more than 2,000 receiving yards with them. Jackson and Garçon accounted for more than 40 percent of Kirk Cousins' franchise record 4,917 passing yards, and their loss will be tough to overcome. 

But don't think the 2017 squad won't try. 

"I think it can still be very explosive like the previous two years I have been here," Redskins wideout Jamison Crowder said Monday on a conference call. 

At first blush, it could seem Crowder is just spouting the company line. The 'Skins offense ranked 12th overall last year, second in passing yards. 

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Then consider what Washington has to replace the departed Garçon and Jackson, and Crowder could be right. Terrelle Pryor went for more than 1,000 receiving yards last year on an awful Cleveland team catching passes from many awful quarterbacks. In Gruden's system, catching passes from Cousins, Pryor's yardage total could pop. 

Josh Doctson remains a total mystery, but there is a reason the 'Skins drafted him 22nd overall in 2016. He has big talent, and if his health is there, he should produce. A humble guy, Crowder proved he can be a major factor in the 'Skins passing game in his first two NFL seasons, and looks poised for a breakout third season in 2017. Add in tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis, and perhaps more firepower via next week's draft, and certainly it's possible the 'Skins offense can keep the production up in 2016, and maybe improve.

"I feel like the offense can still be explosive, if not more than it was last year," Crowder said. 

Bold claim, but it's the right mindset. Crowder and company will have a chance to prove it this fall. 

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One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.

He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out. 

There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss. 

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Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it. 

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Terrelle Pryor has no problem keeping up with Antonio Brown during offseason workout

Terrelle Pryor has no problem keeping up with Antonio Brown during offseason workout

Having a workout buddy is good. Having a workout buddy who's a three-time All-Pro and who churns out 100-catch seasons like Michael Bay churns out dreadful Transformers sequels, however, is better.

It's that second kind that Terrelle Pryor has chosen to spend time with recently. On Thursday, the Redskins wideout tweeted footage of him working out alongside Antonio Brown, and even though he is much taller and 40+ pounds heavier than the Steelers star, Pryor didn't have that much trouble keeping up with the NFL's top outside threat.

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Take a look at this race between the two, for instance, in which the pair of pass-catchers blow by the camera man so quickly, he fails to film the contest's conclusion:

You can also watch Pryor and Brown go through a ladder drill while wearing a band around their ankles at the end of this video from the Redskins. Now, that band would likely cause some problems for common folk trying to complete the drill, but as these two show, they aren't common:

They even found time for yoga (please be sure to note how Pryor's groutfit is so thorough that it includes his mat): 

For a guy like Pryor — who's still relatively new to his position — spending offseason time with Antonio Brown could really pay off for both him and the Redskins in 2017.

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