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Film Room: Don’t Count Out Crowder in ‘21

by Spiro Kasabian @nyspawtsguy_spi

Tae Crowder, a.k.a. Mr. Irrelevant, probably has to wonder what else he needs to do to get some respect in the NFL.  For those that do not know, the Mr. Irrelevant label goes to the last person picked in the NFL Draft each year.  Crowder was that guy in 2020.  Despite facing massive odds on making an NFL Roster (let alone seeing playing time), Crowder beat all expectations and made an impact during his rookie year for the New York Giants.

Crowder impressed enough in camp and practice that he forced his way into the starting lineup in Week 5.  Crowder racked up 15 tackles and returned a fumble for a Touchdown in his first two starts before adversity hit once again.  Crowder had a hamstring injury that forced him to the IR for 4 games.  He beat adversity once again to start 4 out of the last 6 games of the season and finish with quality stats.

Tae Crowder 2020 Stats

  • 57 Tackles
  • 1 Sack
  • 3 Tackles for Loss
  • 1 Pass Defended
  • 1 FR – 1 TD
  • 3 QB Hits

 2020 Film Room Review

Sacked the elusive Russell Wilson:

Good at shooting gaps in Run Defense:

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Mr. Glass-Half-Full’s Take:

Reggie Ragland was brought in to compete with Crowder for the spot next to Blake Martinez.  I think this is a good way to push Tae Crowder to improve upon his good rookie season.  In a perfect world, Ragland provides good depth and Crowder keeps ascending to become a solid player on this stellar defense.

Crowder brings speed to the Linebacking unit, which is something it lacks.  I am looking for Crowder to start the season next to Martinez and shed the Mr. Irrelevant label once and for all in 2021.