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

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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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

A few weeks ago, running backs coach Randy Jordan floated a hypothetical out to his unit: If you could start a franchise with any guy, who would you pick?

Rob Kelley's answer was Adrian Peterson. And as fate would have it, Peterson is now a part of Kelley's franchise, a fact that has the third-year back floored. 

"I was kind of amazed," Kelley said on Tuesday, which was Peterson's first day as a 'Skin. "I have a opportunity to play with Adrian Peterson, it feels surreal."

Kapri Bibbs' reaction was much of the same.

"It's amazing having him in the building," he told reporters. "I couldn't hope for anything better."

Samaje Perine wasn't in a position to speak to the media by the time the locker room was closed, but at least in the eyes of Kelley and Bibbs, Peterson's arrival is something to embrace. It's not too often you get to go through drills and meetings with a guy who's going to have a bust in Canton sometime soon.

"I don't think there really is a cap to that," Bibbs answered when asked what he's hoping to pick up from Washington's new No. 26. "There's not too much you can learn from him."

"I got him here, what can I learn from him?" Kelley said in reponse to a similar question. "What can I gain from this situation? How can I make myself a better player by watching him?"

Bibbs revealed that Peterson is already "spilling information" to him, which lines up with Peterson saying at the podium in Ashburn he wants to come in and be a positive influence on the rest of the group.

However, Peterson also said in his presser that he "without a doubt" wants to be the starter, and if that does eventually happen, it'll come at the expense of someone else's spot on the roster or someone else's reps in a game, whether that be a Kelley, a Bibbs or a Perine.

That's not something that bothers two of the options already in the Burgundy and Gold's backfield, though.

"I'm always gonna come in every single day, regardless," Bibbs said when Peterson's resume and talents were brought up as something that could pressure him.

Kelley isn't stressed, either.

"Right now, I'm just putting my head down and working and trying to get better."


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Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Adrian Peterson wants to be a good teammate, but he also made clear that he came to the Redskins to compete for the starting running back job. 

"Without a doubt," Peterson said when asked if he wanted to start. "And I would be cheating myself if that wasn't my approach."

The legendary running back is right, of course. 

Elite athletes always want to be at the top, and that drive is what gets them there. Peterson has run for nearly 12,000 yards in his NFL career, and that doesn't happen by accident.

Coming to Washington presents a different challenge for Peterson. 

Unsigned until August 20th, Peterson ran for a career low 3.4 yards-per-carry last season in split time between the Saints and Cardinals. It's no sure thing he even makes the roster, let alone starts for the Redskins on September 9 when the season begins. 

Peterson, however, is confident he has more left in his legs. 

"I continue to work because at the end of the day I control my output. So that’s why I continue to work hard. I knew an opportunity would present itself. And at the end of the day, God’s willing, stay healthy, the guys up front stay healthy as well, I know that I’ll be able to contribute in a big way in the run game."



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