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Will the Redskins target a big wide receiver in the draft?


Will the Redskins target a big wide receiver in the draft?

With the busy portion of the free agent signing period over, it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2016 NFL Draft and, specifically, holes Redskins GM Scot McCloughan still must fill. (And, yes, there are many.) Over the next few weeks, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir will examine prospects that could be a fit in Washington. 

Up today… 

Wide receivers

Depth chart: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross and LaRon Byrd.

Current situation: Assuming there are no unanticipated developments in the coming months, the Redskins don’t appear to have an immediate need at wide receiver. In fact, the position should be an area of strength with a top-3 that’s anchored by Jackson, Garcon and Crowder.

But there are a few things to keep in mind here. Consider:

  • Jackson and Garcon—both 29—will be free agents after next season.
  • Andre Roberts is recovering from knee surgery and, considering he has a $5 million cap hit and has struggled the past two years, his status is tenuous. Roberts, 28, was the No. 5 wide receiver last season in terms of snaps.
  • It's also important to note that the current group lacks size. Jackson is listed at 5 foot 10, Garcon is 6-0 and Crowder is 5-8. The tallest receiver on the roster is Byrd, who is 6-4 but has just one career reception...and that came in 2012 with the Cardinals.
  • Veteran Anquan Boldin visited Redskins Park late last month, indicating GM Scot McCloughan indeed has an interest in bolstering the position. If signed, Boldin, 35, would be the biggest proven receiver on the roster at 6 foot 1, 220-pounds.

Given all that, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if McCloughan invested a draft pick at wide receiver later this month. The question, really, is where?

Three possibilities:

  • Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

Does not possess elite speed, but has good size and length at 6 foot 2, 221-pounds and consistently wins contested balls. Had an SEC best 82 catches for 1,153 yards (14.1 per) and 11 touchdowns as a junior last season. Mock drafts have him going anywhere from 12th to 23rd overall.

  • Michael Thomas, Ohio State

The nephew of former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, Tomas is listed at 6 foot 3, 212-pounds and projects as a potential No. 1 wide out. Produced a combined 110 catches, 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns the past two seasons for the Buckeyes. Projected by as a second round pick.

  • Tajae Sharpe, UMass

Listed at foot 2, 194-pounds, Sharpe has good acceleration and is a precise route runner. As a senior, he produced a nation-leading 111 receptions for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns.  The Redskins reportedly met with Sharpe at the East-West Shrine Game. Projected as a 3rd-5th round pick.

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 


What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

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Need to Know: The Redskins appear to be set at center

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 21, 21 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The Redskins appear to be set at center

Originally published 12/19/17

Chase Roullier might have been the Redskins’ fourth choice to play at center this year. But he could be snapping the ball for Washington for a long time.

Kory Lichtensteiger, the starter for the previous three years when healthy, retired. Veteran backup John Sullivan departed as a free agent. Spencer Long started six games this season before knee and quad problems pushed him to the sideline, elevating the rookie Roullier into the starting lineup.

The sixth-round pick started three games before breaking his right hand at some point during the game against the Saints. That’s his snapping hand and him finishing that game was an underrated act of courage this year. But he was out for three games before returning against the Cardinals on Sunday. Jay Gruden was pleased with his play. 

“Chase did good. He did good,” said Gruden. “It was good to see him back in there. His snaps were outstanding and handled the calls and play well.”

That was good but standard praise. What was interesting was what he said next.  

“I like Chase’s progress right now,” he said. “I think he is going to be a very good center for a long time here. It was a great pickup for us in the draft.”

It appears that you can at least pencil in Roullier as the 2018 starter at center, if not put him in with a Sharpie.

Where would this leave Long, who is slated to be a free agent in March? The Redskins could let him walk and go with the younger and cheaper Roullier. They also could sign him to be their starting left guard. That job has belonged to Shawn Lauvao. But Lauvao also is a pending free agent and he is 30 and he has missed large chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries. When he missed the last 13 games of the 2015 season, Long went in at left guard and played well.

If that happens, that would give the Redskins a starting offensive line consisting entirely of players drafted by the team and with only Trent Williams over the age of 27 in Week 1 of 2018.

Regardless of what happens at left guard, it looks like Roullier will be the man in the middle for 2018 and beyond.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 8
—NFL Draft (4/26) 64
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 200