In its recent rankings of every NFL pass-catching group, The Ringer placed the Redskins in the 32nd spot. For those of you new to professional football, there are exactly 32 teams.
So, yes, according to writer Danny Heifetz, the Burgundy and Gold's targets are the worst in the sport.
"Washington’s receiving corps is moribund," Heifetz wrote. "Injuries defined last year for [Paul] Richardson, the last two years for [Chris] Thompson, and entire careers for [Jordan] Reed and [Josh] Doctson. This is a mediocre group when they are on the field together, and they aren’t together often."
Moribund isn't the kind of word Jay Gruden and Case Keenum want to hear when it comes to describing their options in the passing game, but you can't exactly argue with the analysis.
Reed is the most accomplished of the bunch, but he's now dealing with a concussion and his status moving forward is unknown. That means the least-hyped unit is now down its lone true difference-maker. Not great.
Beyond Reed, Richardson and Doctson are the only guys with a semblance of a track record, but their respective career totals for yards (1,564 and 1,100) are what No. 1s like Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins can produce in a single year. Again, not great.
Now, there is plenty of reason for hope that a few players in this collection can go off in 2019 and prove those expecting nothing out of them wrong.
Reed was having a stellar training camp, for one. Head injuries are incredibly tricky to forecast in terms of recovery, but if he's able to return early in the schedule and remain on the field, he's got a chance to put up some serious stats.
Then there's Richardson, who has top-notch speed, and young receivers like Trey Quinn, Terry McLaurin, Robert Davis, and Cam Sims, all of whom have shown plenty in the offseason and should have large opportunities starting in Week 1.
And you can't forget about Thompson, the shifty running back who's had stretches of phenomenal pass-catching during his time as a pro.
Unfortunately, as Heifetz pointed out, you have to worry about the health of each name on the depth chart and count on some unexpected breakouts from lesser-known quantities. His ranking hurts, yet it's largely fair.
When this list gets re-written 12 months from now, perhaps the Redskins will find themselves in a much better position. It's absolutely possible. Until then, however, these kinds of evaluations will unfortunately be the norm.
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