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Crowder to 'make plays' in deep Redskins WR corps

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The Washington Redskins boast one of the deepest pass-catching corps in the entire NFL.

General manager Scot McCloughan added first-round pick Josh Doctson to complement DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, while locking up Kirk Cousins' security blanket Jordan Reed long-term. The underrated aspect of the group remains second-year receiver Jamison Crowder.

As a rookie, Crowder posted 59 receptions for 604 yards and two touchdowns. With Jackson skipping offseason workouts and Doctson nursing an injury, Crowder has taken the opportunity to secure his place in the Redskins' offense.

"I feel comfortable coming back knowing the offense," Crowder said, via CSN Mid-Atlantic. "Looking forward to going out there and making plays and helping out the team as much as I can."

The 'making plays' refrain has become the wideout's offseason motto.

The 5-foot-8 Crowder provided shifty playmaking out of the slot last season. It's a role he expects to retain, despite the addition of Doctson to a deep receiving corps.

"I don't see my role changing much from last year, (just) making sure I get open and make plays," Crowder said.

If Jackson, Garcon and Doctson all stay healthy, it could put Crowder's snaps in jeopardy, but he has the faith of his quarterback. Cousins believes Crowder's ability to separate from defensive backs will allow the second-year player to make a leap in 2016.

"All of that lends itself to taking another step forward," Cousins recently. "He's a great teammate, smart player, has a natural sense of how to get open, how to run different option routes and choice routes, great natural hands and is really good after the catch pulling away from people."

With Jackson's speed, Reed's red-zone playmaking, Doctson's high-point catching ability, Garcon's route running and Crowder's slot acumen, Cousins has as diverse a set of pass-catchers as any QB in the NFL.

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