The Washington Redskins have upgraded their receiving corps. The offense will become deadly if they live up to expectations and Robert Griffin III stays healthy.
The Washington Redskins offense took a step back last season. This was largely due to quarterback Robert Griffin III not having enough weapons to throw to. That will change this season though.
The Redskins signed Philadelphia Eagles castoff DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $24 million contract. This will immediately give Griffin a deep threat. Jackson had his best season ever in 2013 with 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
Pierre Garcon will return as the other starting receiver after leading the NFL in catches with 113. Opposing defenses will double team Jackson, so Garcon will be able to continue to post big numbers. Repeating last year’s production is virtually out of the question though.
Andre Roberts was also signed in free agency, and he showed plenty of promise in Arizona. The Redskins will utilize him as a slot receiver, and his numbers may go up now that he will have the best quarterback of his career passing to him.
Santana Moss is no longer the starting-caliber receiver he used to be, but he will provide quality depth and a veteran presence in the locker room.
Leonard Hankerson’s roster spot may be in danger since he is still recovering from a torn ACL, and his spot will be pushed by Aldrick Robinson and fifth-round rookie Ryan Grant.
It will be difficult to cut any of these players, so Jay Gruden may choose to keep seven receivers on the roster.