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The Redskins front office gambled at wide receiver, and it hasn't worked so far at all

The Redskins front office gambled at wide receiver, and it hasn't worked so far at all

Through six games, the results for Washington's wideouts are ugly.

No Redskins wide receiver ranks in the Top 10 in receiving yards in the NFL. 

No Redskins wide receiver ranks in the Top 20 in receiving yards in the NFL. 

No Redskins wide receiver ranks in the Top 50 in receiving yards in the NFL. 

Scroll all the way down to 91st on the receiving yards list, and the first Redskins wideout emerges: Terrelle Pryor Sr. Yes, the same guy that got benched Monday night in an ugly loss to the Eagles. 

In 2016, Washington had two 1,000-yard receivers and another that went for more than 800 yards. In 2017, however, the receiver position has been extremely unproductive for the Burgundy and Gold.

So, how did the Redskins get here? 

It began in free agency, when the organization made no effort to retain the services of DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon. The team could certainly use either player now.

Garçon is 10th in the NFL in receiving yards. Playing on a terrible 49ers team, Garçon has 38 catches for 483 yards (no touchdowns though). Jackson ranks 29th in the NFL with 22 catches for 360 yards and two touchdowns. 

Now, let's be clear: The Redskins could absolutely use the talents of Garçon or Jackson, but the contracts both men signed in free agency did not make sense for Washington. So while it's easy for fans to lament the loss of the wideouts, remember the team spent money to address defensive deficiencies. 

The bigger problem, though, was Washington expected to replace that production with the combination of Pryor and second-year player Josh Doctson.

It hasn't happened. At all. 

Pryor has 18 catches for 223 yards and one TD. Doctson has seven catches for 129 yards and two TDs. Pryor has all the physical tools to be a playmaker, but has not been sure-handed early in the season and is still raw at the position. Doctson could not get on the field early in the season, hampered by injuries, but seems to be in a position where Jay Gruden will give him more opportunities going forward. 

"When you have a receiver that hasn’t been playing receiver a whole lot in his career, you don’t want him bouncing around playing three positons," Gruden said of Pryor. "And Josh, very similar. He didn’t practice a whole lot last year, he’s only in his second year here so we wanted him to really learn one position."

The Washington front office thought they could rely on Pryor, a career quarterback turned wide receiver, and Doctson, a player that missed virtually his entire rookie year. 

So far, they've been wrong, and its hurt the team significantly. 

Hope isn't totally lost, as Washington has still moved the ball well. Through six games, the Burgundy and Gold rank 11th in points-per-game and 8th in yards-per-game.

Unexpectedly, Kirk Cousins has found great success going to Chris Thompson and Vernon Davis. Thompson has nearly 600 total yards from scrimmage while Davis has 15 catches for 292 yards. Even more impressive, Davis is averaging nearly 20 yards-per-reception, providing Cousins and the Redskins with a shocking but much needed downfield threat. 

The offense has worked running through Thompson and Davis, but it hasn't excelled. To do that, the Redskins must get more production from the outside, and that means either Doctson or Pryor must step up. 

It appears Doctson will have the opportunity sooner.

"It'’s just important for us to try to play the best players, the guys who give us the best chance to win. We have faith. It’s not like we’re losing faith in anybody," Gruden said. "We have faith in all our receivers to win one-on-one matchups and run the right coverage, run the right routes and all that stuff and make plays when the ball is distributed to them."

Gruden has faith. With the Cowboys coming to town, the coach has no other choice. 

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

There are quite a few things that are wrong with this Terrelle Pryor statement

After pulling off a tremendous half-spin move when DJ Swearinger got in his face at Richmond, Terrelle Pryor released a statement on Twitter about the confrontation.

The fact that he felt the need to release the statement in the first place was a strange decision. That strangeness is absolutely overshadowed by how weird the statement itself is, though.

First, let's read it. Then, when you're done reading it — and trying to figure out who thought this was the right thing to do (which may take you a few minutes, so don't rush) — let's go over what makes it so bizarre.

Here's the message, which came out Wednesday night:

Now, here's what stands out...

The hashtags

They get worse and worse as you read them.

#headturn? #FlinchNRunGang? #SillyGuy?

SILLY GUY?!?!?!?

It's one thing to try and laugh at yourself when something embarrassing happens to you. It's another thing to start the #FlinchNRunGang, which is a one-member gang and will forever remain a one-member gang.

The message

Getting into a scrap with DJ Swearinger seems like it'd be a putrid life decision, so while the way he did it will never be forgotten, it was in all likelihood a smart choice not to square up.

With that being said, claiming he didn't do so because he wanted to be a "positive role model for the kids who came to training camp to watch us" is as outlandish as it gets. After all, he said earlier in August that cheapshots by the 'Skins would be handled "accordingly," which isn't very role model-ish!

Pryor's three paragraphs make you cringe after the first reading. After the fourth, they'll make you want to deactivate your Twitter account so you don't have to read them again.

The irony

The overall message is odd, but the last part of it is so ironic it deserves its own subheading in this blog.

"I will continue to work hard and lead by example by not making it about me and keeping the focus on the Jets organization," Pryor writes.

Well, as everyone knows, the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise is release a statement that literally no one asked for. (That was sarcastic.) (That's actually not the best way to end a storyline and direct the focus back onto your franchise.)

The battery level

You can see in the upper right corner of the wideout's Notes app that his phone nearly died before he plugged it into his charger.

That's a shame, really, because if it did hit zero-percent, maybe he would've had more time to ponder his situation and come to the conclusion that keeping this all in his drafts folder was the correct play. 

On the other hand, though, he wouldn't have become the first person in the history of the Internet to publicly use #FlinchNRunGang in hashtag-form, so at least he has that going for him.

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