Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 7, 49 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
Redskins wide receiver depth chart is fluid
At this point in the season, the Redskins don’t really have a depth chart. They pretty much know who their starters will be and some of the key backups. But they can’t say for sure how many players they will carry at most positions and who the last 10 or 12 players on the 53-man roster will be.
OTAs are when players start to make a case for their lines on the depth chart. A player can’t win a job this time of year, but they can make some good impressions that will carry over to training camp when the real competition begins. There is some real competition setting up at wide receiver, both in terms of playing time and roster spots.
One of the players making a good impression is rookie WR Trey Quinn. With the departure of Ryan Grant, the No. 4 receiver spot, the first one off the bench, is wide open and Quinn is making a strong case for the job. He has consistently made it easy for the quarterback to find him and he makes the catch way more often than not.
“Trey has come in here, and I haven’t heard him talk a whole lot,” said Jay Gruden. “He’s very quiet. He’s a quiet assassin and he just goes out there and is very detailed in his routes. [WR coach] Ike [Hilliard] has done a great job with him, and Trey, when the ball’s in the area, he’s got strong hands.[He’s a] very quarterback-friendly target.”
But Quinn is not going to walk into a spot on the depth chart without a fight. The Redskins drafted Robert Davis in the sixth round last year. After spending most of the year on the practice squad, he was promoted to the 53-man roster in December. Davis didn’t play much but the 6-3 Davis has been making progress.
“He made great strides throughout the year – his size, speed, his ability to block, run,” said Gruden. “He’s got all the things you want as a receiver in the West Coast-type offense… run after the catch. Now it’s just about him lining up and being comfortable in the route tree and who he’s supposed to block, when he’s supposed to block them and also help us out on special teams, so he’s done excellent, man.”
Also competing for position on the wide receiver depth chart are Maurice Harris and Brian Quick. Harris made a nice catch in the corner of the end zone in OTAs on Wednesday and he made one of the NFL’s catches of the year against the Vikings last year. He needs to develop consistency and stay on the field. Quick has not done much noteworthy during the OTAs that have been open to the media. But he has six years of experience in the NFL and with a receiver corps that is very green, that could be a major asset.
The situation is very fluid behind starters Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, and Paul Richardson. Between Harris, Quinn, Davis, and Quick, any could end up as the No. 4 receiver and all of them will have to battle to make sure they are on the roster when they cut to 53 on September 1. There likely will be only six wide receiver roster spots so one of them will have to go.
Tandler on Twitter
(3/3) Jamison Crowder and Alex Smith are on the same page. Smith was very comfortable firing the ball in to Crowder during goal line work.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) June 6, 2018
—Minicamp (6/12) 5
—Training camp starts (7/26) 49
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 63
The Redskins last played a game 158 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 94 days.
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