Rookie Review: Richard Crawford pays returns

Rookie Review: Richard Crawford pays returns
January 18, 2013, 12:45 pm
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In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at the Redskins’ nine rookies, grade their performance in 2012 and take a look at their future prospects.

Today, we’re examining cornerback Richard Crawford. 

Drafted: 7th round (213th overall).

Stats: 9 games, no starts, interception, fumble recovery.

Grade: B- 

2012: Crawford had an uneven first year for the Redskins, but the SMU product showed flashes as a playmaker in the secondary and as a punt returner. Early on, the 22-year-old replaced an injured Cedric Griffin as the nickel corner. But Crawford struggled in coverage against the Buccaneers and Falcons and was inactive from Weeks 7-13.

Prospects: When Crawford returned to the lineup against the Ravens, he had a new job: Punt returner. In overtime against Baltimore, he took back a punt 64 yards to set up the winning field goal. On eight returns, Crawford averaged 19.5 yards. Small sample size, for sure, but one that deserves a longer look next season. Crawford also worked his way back into the fold at corner, playing 57 and 28 snaps in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively.