September 20, 2019

Washington Redskins: 2015 Season Position Outlooks- Receivers

After playing second fiddle to Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon signed a 5 year deal with the Washington Redskins for $42.5 million. Garcon is the only top five receiver from the Redskins 2012 roster that is still on the team. Santana Moss (FA), Leonard Hankerson (Atlanta), Josh Morgan (New Orleans), and Fred Davis (FA) are no longer with the team.

To supplement the loss of role players in the receiving game, the Redskins signed Andre Roberts, who similarly to Garcon was tired of backing up Larry Fitzgerald and Malcolm Floyd, to a 4 year $16 million deal. Little did the Redskins know that DeSean Jackson would be released by the Eagles allowing Washington to swoop in and sign an elite deep threat to a 4 year $24 million deal.

The Redskins return these three core wide receivers to the roster in 2015 and have also added the likes of fourth round pick Jamison Crowder from Duke University and sixth round pick Evan Spencer out of Ohio State. The Redskins also have last year’s fifth round pick Ryan Grant on the roster to likely round out the team’s wide receiver unit.

At tight end, the Redskins had spent a 2013 third round pick on the dynamic receiving threat in Jordan Reed, converted their 2011 fifth round pick Niles Paul from WR to TE, and have the lumberjack blocking tight end Logan Paulsen who is primarily used in the run game. Although Paul is currently listed as the starting tight end on the first official depth chart, it is much more likely that Reed will be more frequently utilized when it comes to the receiving aspects of the job title.

When healthy and playing at the top of their game, Garcon and Jackson are both threats to gain over 1,000 yards through the air each. The same could possibly be said for Reed as well but his inability to stay healthy throughout the course of a 16 game season has deprived us of seeing the former Gator take advantage of constant mismatches. Niles Paul has shown the ability last season to fill in when necessary, but does not have the same natural ability that Reed possesses.

For Roberts and Crowder, most of their playing time will come out of the slot position in three wide receiver sets. After a poor season last year where Roberts did not catch 50% of the balls he was intended for (36 of 73), the ex-Cardinal could be pushed for playing time. Crowder has lit it up in training camp thus far with his quickness. It is likely that Roberts will continue to be the first option out of the slot, but Crowder will see the playing time he has already earned.

Whether it is Roberts or Crowder, the double team that Jackson and at times Garcon demands results in opportunities for others. When facing single coverage against nickle corners the Redskins have to hope to take advantage of underneath routes when the deep patterns are taken away. Quick easy reads could also assist in the continued development of Robert Griffin III. As mentioned in the position outlook on quarterbacks, it will be up to Griffin to utilize the talented receiving weapons around him in order to return the offense to an effective form.

Projected Week 1 Depth Chart:

  • WR1: DeSean Jackson, Ryant Grant
  • WR2: Pierre Garcon, Evan Spencer
  • Slot WR: Andre Roberts, Jamison Crowder
  • TE: Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen

Come back and visit District Sports Page for the next position outlook on the much improved offensive line tomorrow.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

Comments

  1. Stephanie Rorrer says:

    I can’t believe the redskins would not keep Santana Moss. He is very loyal to the team and would have thrived at any position they would have given him the opportunity to perform at. He should be returning the football instead of Andre Roberts, who has butter fingers and can’t hold on to the dang ball!! What are they thinking?? Resign Santana!!

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