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NFL Draft 2018: Ranking the Redskins best WR draft options

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NFL Draft 2018: Ranking the Redskins best WR draft options

It’s never easy finding common ground among Redskins fans. Good bet we can build consensus on this premise: Washington really missed Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson last season.

It’s not that the Redskins lost both wide receivers in free agency, though they really did not put up much of a fight with Garcon. It’s that their replacements were clearly inadequate. Nobody provided Garcon’s tough guy act, particularly on key third-down chances. Few players in the NFL can match Jackson’s deep speed. None of them played for the 2017 Washington Redskins.

Jamison Crowder overcame early-season injuries to finish with a solid campaign from the slot. Josh Doctson has not lived up to his 2016 first-round selection, but he showed signs of growth as the year wore on, particularly on 50-50 balls. The pair is the only clear parts of the Redskins receiver rotation in 2018.

Maybe free agent Ryan Grant returns. Terrelle Pryor, not so much. Conceivably Washington could make a strong play for outside free agents like Jarvis Landry or Martavis Bryant. If none of the above occurs or the organization isn’t ready to believe Maurice Harris or Robert Davis takes a big leap, the Redskins might turn to the draft for help.

Since the arrival of head coach Jay Gruden in 2014, the Redskins have selected at least one wide receiver in every draft: 2014 (5th round), 2015 (4, 6), 2016 (1), 2017 (6). Washington holds the 13th overall selection in the draft. Will they select a wide out in round one for the second time in three years?

We’ll see, but for now, here’s a look at some of the wide receiver options in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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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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