Could Duke’s Jamison Crowder Replace Ace Sanders for Jaguars?


Jamison Crowder is an undersized, productive wide receiver for Duke University. Soon, he will become an undersized, productive wide receiver for an NFL team.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have taken a chance on a player like that before: former University of South Carolina wide receiver Ace Sanders.

Sanders was an exciting addition to the Jaguars in his rookie season, racking up 484 yards on 51 receptions. He failed to make an impact on special teams, but his production on offense kept us hungry to see more from him in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 got off to a rough start with a four game suspension and then an incredibly mediocre season in which he caught just six passes for 55 yards.

At 5’7″ Sanders was supposed to be a dynamic wide receiver who could work the defense in space. Instead the Jaguars have an average at best returner and a mediocre wide receiver on their roster. Ace Sanders now finds himself as a prime candidate to be the first draft pick GM Dave Caldwell walks away from.

Caldwell could easily walk away from Sanders and replace him with the dynamic Jamison Crowder.

The first thing to note about Crowder is that he has been far more productive at wide receiver than Ace Sanders ever was at South Carolina. Where Sanders was turning in near 500 yard seasons, Crowder has three season with over 1000 yards and 23 touchdowns added on for good measure.

Considered a late round prospect (possible the fifth round), Crowder has proven production at the college level and could use that to become the return man and dynamic receiver that Sanders was supposed to be. At 5’8″ he isn’t much taller than Sanders anyway and may turn out to be Sanders 2.0 for the team.

If the Jaguars are really looking for a slot receiver for Blake Bortles to get the ball to, then Jamison Crowder would be a great selection in the later rounds. The big question for the team may be, do they need a guy like that on the team? Does Sanders need to be replaced? Can Sanders rebound? Does Crowder offer anything more?

Personally, I think he’s worth taking a chance on to find out.

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