The Facts: According to Daily News staffer Manish Mehta, Crowder landed in an ideal offense that will make good use of his skill set. Adam Gase has made no secret about how much he’ll lean on pass catchers inside the numbers in his scheme. Crowder has run more than 75 percent of his routes in his four-year career from the slot, according to Pro Football Focus. “That spot is important to us,” Gase said of slot receivers. “(It) really kind of creates the tempo of the offense."
Diehards Line: Gase added, "If you want to be on the ball and go fast-paced, that guy is the guy who moves all the time. ... He has to understand the game like a quarterback does. The best ones I’ve been around, they naturally have that understanding of the flow of the game. They know how to set the tempo of the game. I feel like he’s kind of a guy who fits that role. ...” Although Gase believes that the 5-9, 177-pound Crowder has the tools to line up outside the numbers too, the coach will expect difference-making plays from the player in the middle of the field. Mehta went on to suggest that Crowder just might turn into Sam Darnold’s new best friend. “On certain option routes, you can tell that he has a really good feel of leverage and how to use it against defenders,” Darnold said. “I think being able to find him in good matchups against a nickel (corner), a linebacker or even a safety coming down, it’s going to be hard to guard that dude. ..." It's something to watch when camp opens.