In the NFL regular season, Tuesday marks the quietest day of the week. It's supposed to anyway. For the Redskins heading into Week 3 that was not the case.
The team announced seven roster moves, bolstering the receiving group and making changes to the practice squad. The biggest additions, however, came at wide receiver.
Through two games, Washington is not getting a lot of production out of the receiver group. That's not all on the players running routes. There are a number of factors, starting with new quarterback Alex Smith getting used to his new weapons, offensive line performance, play calling and the success of the run game. Even given all that context, still, the Redskins wideouts have underperformed as a group.
Josh Doctson has five catches for 48 yards and Jamison Crowder has five catches for 40 yards. Paul Richardson leads the team with eight catches for 85 yards.
In Week 1, rookie WRs Trey Quinn and Cam Sims injured their ankles, and both players got put on injured reserve. The team brought in Brian Quick and Jehu Chesson to replace them, and both players primarily functioned as special teamers.
This week, with another subpar performance from the outside WRs, the Redskins took a different path. Chesson got moved to the practice squad, and the 'Skins added a pair of former first round pick WRs in Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman. Neither player has a history of playing special teams, and Floyd has logged a 1,000-yard receiving season.
To make roster space, the team cut Chesson and moved him to the practice squad, and put third-year RB Rob Kelley on the injured reserve. Kelley injured his toe in the loss to the Colts and would miss at least a month.
What does all that mean? Here are the updated RB and WR depth charts:
1) Adrian Peterson
2) Chris Thompson
3) Samaje Perine
Notes: The Redskins now only have three running backs on the roster, though Kapri Bibbs is stashed on the practice squad and Byron Marshall opened the season on the IR. More than likely, all three RBs will be active on Sunday against the Packers.
1) Josh Doctson
2) Paul Richardson
3) Jamison Crowder
4) Maurice Harris
5) Brian Quick
6) Michael Floyd
7) Breshad Perriman
Notes: While the Redskins top three options (Doctson, Richardson, Crowder) remain in the same spots, the rest of the WR position group seems like a big question mark. Harris’ health and availability remain unclear, and that leads to other concerns. Quick knows the offensive system but had just six catches in 11 games in 2017. Floyd has the best resume of any wideout on the roster, but will he be able to perform right away? It seems likely two of these seven WRs will be inactive on game day, but which two?
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