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Will the Redskins target a big wide receiver in the draft?

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Will the Redskins target a big wide receiver in the draft?

With the busy portion of the free agent signing period over, it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2016 NFL Draft and, specifically, holes Redskins GM Scot McCloughan still must fill. (And, yes, there are many.) Over the next few weeks, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir will examine prospects that could be a fit in Washington. 

Up today… 

Wide receivers

Depth chart: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross and LaRon Byrd.

Current situation: Assuming there are no unanticipated developments in the coming months, the Redskins don’t appear to have an immediate need at wide receiver. In fact, the position should be an area of strength with a top-3 that’s anchored by Jackson, Garcon and Crowder.

But there are a few things to keep in mind here. Consider:

  • Jackson and Garcon—both 29—will be free agents after next season.
  • Andre Roberts is recovering from knee surgery and, considering he has a $5 million cap hit and has struggled the past two years, his status is tenuous. Roberts, 28, was the No. 5 wide receiver last season in terms of snaps.
  • It's also important to note that the current group lacks size. Jackson is listed at 5 foot 10, Garcon is 6-0 and Crowder is 5-8. The tallest receiver on the roster is Byrd, who is 6-4 but has just one career reception...and that came in 2012 with the Cardinals.
  • Veteran Anquan Boldin visited Redskins Park late last month, indicating GM Scot McCloughan indeed has an interest in bolstering the position. If signed, Boldin, 35, would be the biggest proven receiver on the roster at 6 foot 1, 220-pounds.

Given all that, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if McCloughan invested a draft pick at wide receiver later this month. The question, really, is where?

Three possibilities:

  • Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

Does not possess elite speed, but has good size and length at 6 foot 2, 221-pounds and consistently wins contested balls. Had an SEC best 82 catches for 1,153 yards (14.1 per) and 11 touchdowns as a junior last season. Mock drafts have him going anywhere from 12th to 23rd overall.

  • Michael Thomas, Ohio State

The nephew of former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, Tomas is listed at 6 foot 3, 212-pounds and projects as a potential No. 1 wide out. Produced a combined 110 catches, 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns the past two seasons for the Buckeyes. Projected by NFLDraftScout.com as a second round pick.

  • Tajae Sharpe, UMass

Listed at foot 2, 194-pounds, Sharpe has good acceleration and is a precise route runner. As a senior, he produced a nation-leading 111 receptions for 1,319 yards and five touchdowns.  The Redskins reportedly met with Sharpe at the East-West Shrine Game. Projected as a 3rd-5th round pick.

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Redskins need to stop Cowboys' Cole Beasley to win in Week 7

Redskins need to stop Cowboys' Cole Beasley to win in Week 7

When the Redskins take on the Cowboys on Sunday in Week 7, there's one player NBC Sports Washington's resident GM Charley Casserly says they need to contain in this week's "Matchup to Watch."

The player: Wide receiver Cole Beasley

The comparison: Randall Cobb (Packers), Jamison Crowder (Redskins)

Who will cover him: Casserly's guess? Fabian Moreau

The key for the Redskins: Get physical with him. "Jam Beasley off the line of scrimmage," Casserly says, "reroute him and be physical with him."

Click "Play' in the video box above to watch Charley Casserly's full Redskins vs. Cowboys Matchup of the Week.

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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 7: Time, TV channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Redskins vs. Cowboys Week 7: Time, TV channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Most Redskins fans wait all year for this particular Sunday, the Cowboys are coming to Fed Ex Field

The problem is the Redskins have not faired well in this rivalry over the last few years. The Cowboys have won five straight and eight of 10 against the 'Skins. Dallas has struggled away from Jerry's World this season, going 0-3 in road games. 

The Cowboys offense exploded against the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the top defenses in the NFL. Ezekial Elliott rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Dak Prescott was effective through the air and on the ground, rushing for 82 yards and touchdown and throwing for a pair of scores. Prescott connected with Cole Beasley nine times for 101 yards and both touchdowns.

Dallas' offense isn't cured yet. The Cowboys still remain 29th in the NFL in total yards per game.

The Cowboys strength is on defense. Dallas is second in the league in points allowed per game (17.2) and fourth in yards allowed per game (315.2). Demarcus Lawrence can wreak havoc coming off the edge. He has 5.5 sacks this season. The Cowboys MLBs of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have been very active this year, both ranking in the top 10 in tackles. 

That's what the Redskins have to deal with in Week 7.

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REDSKINS vs. COWBOYS WEEK 7

Who: Washington Redskins (3-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

What: Game 6 of the 2018 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Where: FedEx Field. Landover, Md. 

TV Channel: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)

Live Stream: Watch Now with fuboTV - Try free trial. You can also watch pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Weather Report: Partly Sunny, 55 degrees. Wind gusts up to 25 mph.

REDSKINS vs. COWBOYS TV SCHEDULE:

8:00 AM: Pro Football Weekly
8:30 AM: Redskins Nation
9:00 AM: Redskins 100
9:30 AM: Redskins Kickoff Preview
10:00 AM: Redskins GameDay: D.C. Sports Live
11:00 AM: Redskins Coach's Show
11:30 AM: Inside the Redskins
3:30 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live
4:25 PM: Redskins vs. Cowboys (CBS)
7:30 PM: Redskins Postgame Live
8:30 PM: Redskins Overtime Live

REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)

Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (ESPN)

Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 16: Sun., 12/23, @ Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

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