LANDOVER, Md. — Late in the first half vs. the Packers, Jamison Crowder scored what might've been the most important touchdown in Redskins' preseason history.
After the first-team offense "stuttered and sputtered" for much of the first two quarters as Jay Gruden put it, Kirk Cousins found Crowder for a four-yard score on fourth down to cap a two-minute drill.
Sure, it was against Green Bay backups, but the completion gave the offense something positive to build on in an August where there hasn't been much else to be proud of. Crowder himself wasn't too proud of it, or his effort as a whole, though.
"I mean, it's always good to get into the end zone for sure, but I'm just always tough on myself," Crowder said postgame. "I wasn't necessarily satisfied with the way I was playing, so it felt good to get into the end zone, but at the same time I know that I didn't play as well as I wanted to."
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The third-year receiver may have looked good to those in the stands, but he wasn't shy to admit that he didn't feel as smooth as he normally does.
"I just felt like I wasn't — I mean, I didn't play bad, but, for me personally, I felt like I didn't make the right reads on some of my routes and stuff like that and I didn't necessarily read the defense like I should have," he said. "I feel like things kinda moved a little fast, faster out there."
His quarterback agreed with his receiver's assessment.
"We need to get those guys practicing and going because Jordan Reed, Jamison and Josh [Doctson] have all been out for a portion of training camp, which has made it tough to build that rapport," Kirk Cousins said.
Cousins and Crowder showed plenty of chemistry in 2016, but both sides talked Saturday about the importance of re-establishing that for 2017. That's a good thing, too — it'd be a bit concerning, for example, if Crowder, or anyone on Washington's offense for that matter, was content with what happened at FedEx Field.
The wideout expects to feel his rhythm soon, however, saying, "Everything will come back once I start to get back full and get all the reps." Eventually, yes, he'll reach a point where he's again satisfied with his play — but one touchdown against second-stringers certainly is not that point.