Redskins.com's Jake Kring-Schreifels provides five takeaways from Jamison Crowder's press conference at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
1. He remains day to day with a hamstring injury.
For the second straight training camp, Crowder has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, and coaches have been cautious with his return, holding him out of team drills for the last week. The Duke product says he's doing better but is annoyed he can't be on the field.
"It gets a little frustrating not being able to go out there and compete, but I think right now my health is the most important thing and just being ready for Week 1," he said.
Crowder is confident that he hasn't missed too much with his teammates and feels he'll be prepared for the field whenever coaches clear his return.
"I don't feel like I'm behind," he said. "You know, we did a lot in OTAs. Coming out here is pretty much just kind of really getting back into it, but I don't feel like I'm behind."
2. It's tough trying to simulate practice speed during the offseason.
Because the hamstring injury has developed into a theme for him at training camp, Crowder was asked if there might be any way to prevent it from cropping up again. Crowder's best option, he said, would be to try his best next summer to simulate some intensive practices to prep his body, but even that remains tough without the competition in front of him.
"It's always tough but hopefully next year I can try as much as possible to simulate practice," he said. "That was the issue last year, so like I said, I'm just trying to get healthy.
"Last year once I got passed it," Crowder said of his injury, "for the regular season, I was fine."
3. Punt returning is still what he wants to do.
Despite the fact that Crowder's role as a wide receiver will be expanding, he still wants to be the team's primary punt returner, especially after making some significant strides in his second year.
On 27 returns last season, he collected 328 yards, good for a 12.1 yard average, which was helped significantly by an 85-yard touchdown against the Ravens.
"Yeah, as of now, I'm the return guy and I plan on and I hope that I can continue to be the return guy. That's all I've heard."
4. Terrelle Pryor's route running has impressed him the most.
Aside from Pryor's size and speed, Crowder didn't realize the precision of Pryor's footwork until he saw it up close.
"I didn't know how well he ran routes prior to him coming here," he said. "But once we started working in the offseason and out here, you see him running routes and he has really great routes, like a smaller guy, and then obviously his playmaking ability. So I look forward to playing alongside him, I'm excited and I think we'll have a good year."
Crowder has been impressed with the entire receivers group and its playmaking ability, too.
"Hopefully we can continue to do that throughout camp and then the preseason and on to the regular season."
5. 1-on-1 drills breed strong competition.
The drills' main purpose is to give players an opportunity to work on technique against an opponent, but it often promotes a heightened sense of competition. Crowder has noticed that over the last couple of seasons and its impact on everyone.
"That's just how it is – camp – and that's what you want, the competition," Crowder said. "You want to make each other better. You always want to go against the corners hoping that they are giving their all, because whenever the regular season comes, you're going against the ones. Those guys are going to be tough. I think that it's a good thing to go out there and have that competition against the DBs and, like I said, we just want to make each other better."