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With Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins gone, Paul Richardson becomes key for Redskins

With Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins gone, Paul Richardson becomes key for Redskins

The Redskins showed interest in free agent WR Allen Robinson, but it now appears the former Jaguar is a done deal to the Chicago Bears. While Washington had definite interest in Robinson, folks around the organization hinted that the price tag might grow too high for a player coming off an ACL injury.

Other top receiver names are off the market. The Browns traded for Jarvis Landry and reports show Sammy Watkins will ink a deal with the Chiefs. 

The Redskins still need help at wide receiver, and that means the team will turn their top focus to Paul Richardson. 

A 6-foot, 178 lb. speedster, Richardson proved capable of big plays last season in the Seahawks offense. He caught 44 passes for more than 700 yards, good for 16 yards-per-catch, to go along with six touchdowns. 

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Richardson is a different, less proven player than Robinson, but the former Seahawk has plenty of potential. A second-round pick out of Colorado in the 2014 Draft, Richardson is coming off his best season in Seattle and fits the mold of what Redskins executives said they wanted in free agency: Young players coming off rookie contracts with the chance to reach full potential in Washington. 

In 2017, the Redskins had no receiver with more than 800 yards receiving, and the team knows they need to add more speed and skill to the position group. Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder will certainly return in 2018, but after that, Ryan Grant and Terrelle Pryor are free agents, with few expecting Pryor to return. Grant might but he might not, and Washington must at least replace his production. 

The Redskins have other wideouts they want to consider, including Donte Moncrief of the Colts or Taylor Gabriel of the Falcons. Both fit a similar pattern as Richardson; young with potential. 

It looks like Washington will be left without a marquis free agent name at receiver, but that doesn't mean the Redskins can't still get a guy they want in Richardson. 

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Report: Redskins met with West Virginia QB Will Grier ahead of his pro day

Report: Redskins met with West Virginia QB Will Grier ahead of his pro day

Will Grier becomes another top QB draft prospect linked the Washington Redskins.

A little more than month away from the 2019 NFL Draft, the Redskins were one of several teams in attendance at Grier's pro day at West Virginia on Thursday. 

But even more than just attending his pro day, the Redskins got a one-on-one meeting with him the night prior. Head coach Jay Gruden reportedly had dinner with the 6-foot-2 passer on Wednesday. The Redskins were one of three teams that had or are scheduled to have individualized dinners, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. 

According to Ben Standig's latest Mock Draft, Grier is picked to be selected late in the second round going to the New England Patriots. He is the fifth QB in line to be drafted at pick No. 56.

His last season Morgantown saw Grier throw for 37 TDs and eight INTs. He did so with a 67 percent completion mark while averaging 9.7 yards per attempt.

It is nothing too out of the ordinary for a team to meet with a draft prospect. However, this is not the first QB that the Redskins are reported to be looking at. Projected top-five pick Dwayne Haskins is another pass thrower that had Washington in the crowd at his pro day

Haskins is not likely to make the fall to No. 15 in the draft, unless of course, the team trades up. Grier however? It's more than reasonable unless other teams get desperate at that position. 

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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

It’s been quite the week for the Redskins and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. 

The Buckeye star, who threw for 50 touchdowns in 2018, participated in his Pro Day on Wednesday and drew quite the crowd. Coaches, GMs and executives were there from a number of NFL teams, including Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen. 

Of course they were. Haskins is arguably the best QB prospect in this class. He has prototypical size and a big arm, is accurate on his throws and doesn’t turn the ball over much. He might get drafted after Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, but there are a few teams that prefer the bigger, stronger Haskins to the diminutive Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma. 

Haskins seems unlikely to make it to the 15th pick, where the Redskins are currently slotted, but that didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from putting the quarterback to Washington in their latest mock draft. 

Beyond that, ESPN reported that Haskins is set to visit the Redskins in the coming weeks.

Add all of that up, and it’s quite obvious the Redskins have real interest in Haskins. With a quarterback situation described kindly as in flux, Washington has to draft a rookie QB. 

Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are only under contract for the 2019 season, and while Alex Smith is guaranteed money for the next two years, nobody seems to know if he can ever play again. 

And let’s be clear, while Haskins has plenty of potential, joining a team with two veteran signal callers might serve him well. He started just one year at Ohio State and still seems raw when testing defenses. He has a big arm but not much mobility, and being thrust into a situation too early could thwart his development. 

As a thrower, Haskins is elite. 

As an athlete, Haskins is not. 

He ran a slow 40-yard-dash and didn’t seem particularly agile. He does move well inside the pocket, and that has worked out just fine for a number of big-time QBs.

CBS reported that the Redskins have become enamored with Haskins and might consider moving up to draft him. Washington Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams mentioned that trading up could be a possibility in the upcoming draft, and the Jets with the third pick have long been rumored as willing partners to trade down. 

Moving up to the third pick would take a lot, but keep in mind the history of the situation. 

Washington hasn’t made the playoffs for three seasons and the fans are growing increasingly frustrated. 

The last time Washington missed the playoffs three straight seasons? 2012. 

The same year they traded up to draft Robert Griffin III. 

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