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Pressure Points: Redskins need a lot from Terrelle Pryor, who has much to prove

Pressure Points: Redskins need a lot from Terrelle Pryor, who has much to prove

In the weeks leading up to training camp, Redskins Insider JP Finlay will look at specific people facing increased pressure for Washington's 2017 season. 

Pressure Point: Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor 

Heat is on: At almost any job in the world, $6 million per year is a ton of money. Even among the heightened salaries of the NFL, $6 million is a lot of money.

For Terrelle Pryor, it's likely less than he was expecting. 

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Pryor posted more than 1,000 receiving yards last season playing on an awful Browns team. He caught 77 passes from a collection of bad quarterbacks, and in flashes, showed elite potential as a big, physical wideout. 

Still, the best offer he found in free agency this offseason came from the Redskins in the form of a one-year, $6 million deal. 

Coming to Washington presents Pryor with the opportunity to show he has developed into a true receiver after a lifetime of playing quarterback. He will get every opportunity, locked into the X receiver role in the Redskins pass-first offense.

Last season, Kirk Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, but this offseason, he lost nearly 40 percent of that production when DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left via free agency. Pryor was brought in to offset much of that loss. 

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At 6-foot-5, with top end speed, Pryor could help the Redskins up and down the field and particularly in the red zone. Cousins will need the help, as scoring touchdowns was a struggle for the 'Skins in 2017.

If the Redskins are going to get back into the playoffs this season, a big year from Pryor must be a big part of the success.

For Pryor, meanwhile, the path to a major payday likely runs through a big season and a playoff performance.

The Redskins need a lot out of Pryor, and Pryor needs to post a big year for the Redskins. Pressure is on. 

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 

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