If Allen Robinson becomes available, you should expect the Redskins to show interest

No Redskins wideout accounted for more than 800 yards receiving last season, a disappointing step back from 2016 when both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon cracked that barrier. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden knows he needs more production from his receivers in 2018, and while some of that could come from improved play by Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson, it will also come from outside the existing organization. 

One name to watch: Allen Robinson. 

The Jaguars wideout is set for free agency unless Jacksonville uses the franchise or transition tag to keep him. And if Robinson hits free agency, the Redskins will likely be interested, based on a number of conversations with folks in NFL circles. 


At 6-foot-3 and 220 lbs., Robinson has ideal size for the position and would give the Redskins another big receiver lined up opposite Doctson. Plus, Robinson proved his skill in the NFL with a 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown season in 2015. 

There are some concerns, however. 

Even in his best season in 2015, Robinson was not a burner. And now he's coming off ACL surgery that cost him the entire 2017 season. Could that make him a touch slower?

A physical player capable of beating press coverage and winning at the line of scrimmage, a lack of top-line speed didn't slow down Robinson in Jacksonville. Listening to Jay Gruden last week in Indianapolis, it seemed like there was a spot for Robinson. 

"Losing DeSean last year had a little bit of an impact but not as much as people probably want to think," Gruden said. "I like all-purpose guys, guys who can do multiple things because at the end of the day you're going to have to play multiple positions in this offense."

Robinson and Doctson could play on either side of the Redskins offense, with Crowder largely playing from his best spot inside. Robinson is also a capable blocker from the receiver spot, something the Redskins sorely lacked in 2017.


Remember, too, the Redskins tried to add this exact type of receiver last year in Terrelle Pryor. That move didn't work out, but the idea made sense. 

Free agency is all about cost versus value. Robinson's cost will be interesting to watch, as he had only 883 yards in 2016 before missing most of 2017. Will he be judged off those totals, and the injury, or the incredible season he posted in 2015?

There's plenty of money for the Redskins to spend this offseason, especially with the quarterback position settled. Some of that cash could be  in play for Robinson. 

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