The Redskins brought back veteran wide receiver Brian Quick on Tuesday as the team is beset by injuries at the position.
Rookie Cam Sims got moved to the injured reserve list, and questions remain about the health and status of Maurice Harris and Trey Quinn. Without Quick, the Redskins have just three healthy wide receivers in Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson.
Plenty of folks noticed that last Sunday, during the Redskins thrashing of Arizona, former Cowboys Pro Bowl WR Dez Bryant tweeted about his interest in playing with Washington. Bryant got released from the Cowboys this summer, and despite some interest and tryouts around the NFL, he remains unsigned.
So if Dez wanted to play in Burgundy and Gold, and the Redskins had a need at WR, why didn't that pass get completed? Two simple factors.
- Know the system - Brian Quick can step in for the Redskins and immediately know the playbook and the play calls. Quick spent all of last season with the Redskins, and was one of the team's final cuts just 11 days ago. He was with the team throughout training camp in Richmond as well as the preseason. Perhaps more importantly, Quick is a stellar special teams player and the Redskins will need him on kickoff and punt coverage units. One thing that gets forgotten in Washington is the makeup of the special teams group. On most teams, backup running backs and tight ends play a huge role on special teams. With the Redskins, four of those six players play little or no specials: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis. Special teams coach Ben Kotwica needs players that can help, and Quick certainly fits the bill. Bryant would be coming in with zero knowledge of the offense, and unlikely to be a special teams contributor.
- Know the role - Quick played 11 games with the Redskins in 2017, and caught just six passes. He knows exactly what will be asked of him in Washington, and more than likely, it won't include many targets or even offensive snaps. On the other hand, Bryant caught 69 passes for more than 800 yards and six TDs last season. Coming to Washington in a reserve role would probably be a hard situation for Bryant.
Bryant can still help an NFL team. He has tremendous size and strength for the position, and excels in red zone situations.
That said, to bring Bryant in at this point in the regular season, there needs to be a role. As long as the Redskins top three wideouts stay healthy on the field, that role doesn't exist for Bryant. And the attention signing Bryant will bring is not worth disrupting the Redskins young, evolving WRs.
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