Redskins

Redskins

The Redskins fielded one of the most potent passing attacks in the NFL in 2016.

Kirk Cousins ranked third among all quarterbacks with nearly 5,000 passing yards and the team produced two 1,000 yard receivers.

Unfortunately, both of those wideouts are gone.

DeSean Jackson left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pierre Garçon signed with the San Francisco 49ers once free agency opened. 

The cupboard is hardly bare, though.

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After 850 yards last year, Jamison Crowder looks poised for his first 1,000 yard season. A healthy Jordan Reed can absolutely post four-figure yardage totals. On the outside, free agent addition Terrelle Pryor had a 1,000 yard season with the Browns last year, and playing with Cousins, should certainly be capable of that figure or more.

Don't forget 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson, who appears to have his Achilles injuries that cost him his rookie season behind him.

Knowing what they've lost, and considering the weapons still available, Pro Football Focus ranked the Redskins with the 7th best passing attack for 2017.

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Gone are the likes of DeSean Jackson (the league-leader in deep pass receiving yards) and Pierre Garcon (the eighth highest graded WR), but back are Kirk Cousins, Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed. Cousins led the league with 1,359 yards on passes targeted 20 yards or more downfield and had the fourth highest passer rating on those passes last season (118.1). Crowder finished with the 16th highest passer rating when targeted overall (112.9) and tied for second with seven touchdowns from the slot while Reed fielded the lowest drop rate among tight ends (dropped just 1-of-67 catchable passes). Add in newly acquired Brian Quick, a cast of reliable receiving characters and the possible emergence of Josh Doctson, and  there is no reason to believe the  Redskins won’t air it out again in 2017.​

Cousins seems a safe bet for at least 4,500 passing yards. In three seasons with Jay Gruden as head coach, the Redskins have thrown the ball at least 547 times, and last year Cousins threw the ball more than 600 times. 

The departure of Sean McVay to coach the Rams could mean a slight dip in pass attempts. McVay was known to favor the passing game, perhaps a little too much, over the run game. Gruden will probably try to balance the Redskins offense more, but there will still be plenty of passing attack in Washington. 

The Redskins ranked top among all NFC East teams in the PFF pass game rankings. Dallas was just behind the 'Skins at No. 8. The Eagles, who added Alshon Jeffery in free agency, came in at 15 while the Giants landed at 20.

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