Jamison Crowder’s focus on Patriots, not trade deadline
As the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaches on Nov. 2, veteran wide receiver Jamison Crowder isn’t thinking about the possibility that he could be playing his final game or two with the Jets.
With his three-year, $28.5 million contract expiring after this season — and with rookie Elijah Moore behind him at slot receiver — Crowder potentially could net the Jets another draft pick as they continue to build for the future around rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.
“It’s just something that I don’t pay attention to. Obviously, it’s a part of the business, but my main focus is to come out each day and prepare for this week,” Crowder said after practice Friday in Florham Park. “That’s just how I do it. I obviously haven’t thought about anything, I just think about coming here and getting ready for Sunday.
“My main focus is to come out here each and every day, give what I can for the team, play my role as a slot receiver and go out there and do what I do on Sundays. That’s what I think about, and that’s just kind of where my mind is at.”
Coming out of the bye week, head coach Robert Saleh and the Jets have lost four of five games entering Sunday’s visit to New England. The Patriots are just 2-4 with their rookie quarterback, Mac Jones, but Bill Belichick’s team trounced the Jets, 25-6, in Week 2 for its 11th straight head-to-head win since 2016.
“It’s a division game, so it’s a huge game and I feel like we prepared well this week and we’ll go up there and see what happens,” Crowder said. “I don’t think it’s been an element of frustration [against them]. We know that they’re a really good team year in, year out.
“We have to be disciplined and go up there and execute and limit the mistakes, and give ourselves a chance.”
The 28-year-old Crowder didn’t play in the first game against the Patriots due to a groin injury, but he has caught 11 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown over the past two contests — an overtime win against the Titans and a loss to the Falcons in London.
“I feel in the two games I played, I felt good. Obviously the Atlanta game, I didn’t get a lot of opportunities, but the few that I got, I took advantage of them,” Crowder said. “I feel good being an option for Zach, and I’m gonna continue to be a valuable option for him.
“So when I line up out there, my job is to try to get open and create as much separation as I possibly can, and that’s what I’m going to try to continue to do.”
Whether he’s traded or not, the seven-year NFL veteran said he also has tried to continue providing counsel for younger receivers Moore and Denzel Mims, who have combined for just 11 catches (on 24 targets) for 139 yards through five games.
“Me and Elijah, we talk pretty regularly. He asked me a few questions before I came in here [to speak with the media], as a matter of fact,” Crowder said. “He’s a guy that I talk to, he comes to me and asks me for advice. Denzel sometimes, but more so, Elijah.
“I wouldn’t actually say it’s counseling, but if they have a question, I’m definitely willing to give advice and do whatever I can to help them.”
In addition to Crowder, safety Marcus Maye also is unsigned beyond this season and could be another candidate to be dealt ahead of the trade deadline.
“Just like everyone, you’ve got to ignore the noise. Focus on things that you have control over,” Saleh said Friday. “If you, every second, you spend focusing on things you have no control over, you’re taking away from your ability to dominate the controllables. So the message is ignore the noise.
“You can’t control what people say, you can’t control what people make up, you can’t control what agents tweet, but you can control how you operate on a day-to-day basis, when you put your best foot forward so when 32 teams see your tape, on Sunday, it’s the best possible thing you can put out.”