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Redskins Deep At Wide Receiver, But Depth Yet To Be Determined


While the Redskins' starting wide receivers appear set for now, the team has yet to make any sort of decisions about how their depth will shape up in 2016.

One of the more loaded positions on the Washington Redskins' roster right now is at wide receiver, where headliners like Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson remain and younger players are starting to get into a flow, too.

Last season, Garçon was the team's most consistent wide receiver, totaling 72 receptions for 777 yards and six touchdowns.

When Jackson wasn't sidelined with a hamstring injury, he continued to be one of the league's top deep threats, even when not at 100 percent.

Rookie Jamison Crowder, meanwhile, set the Redskins rookie record with 59 receptions while also recording 604 yards and two touchdowns.

While the transition to the NFL can be daunting, Crowder was fluid throughout the season, excelling in the slot.

But behind the top three wide receivers, questions remain as to how the team's depth will shake out at the position.

Between injuries and Crowder's quick development, Andre Roberts appeared in just nine games during the 2015 season, recording 11 receptions for 135 yards and no touchdowns. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the team will "have to wait and see" about Roberts returning as the No. 4 receiver in 2016.

"(We'll) See how it plays out," Gruden said. "There's still gonna be some work to be done with our roster before training camp. Andre came in as our No. 2 receiver (in 2014) and then DeSean Jackson fell into our lap and we really drafted Crowder in the fourth round and he emerged as a heck of a player. Nothing against Andre, he's an excellent wide receiver in this league and you want to keep him around but obviously there's only one ball and there's only two or three positions. So we have to figure out what we're gonna do with those spots."

As for the team's other two young wide receivers – Rashad Ross and Ryan Grant – both saw some action on offense last season while also contributing on special teams.

Ross was the team's primary kick returner while also tallying 184 receiving yards and a touchdown on just eight receptions.

Grant started five games in place of Jackson, totaling 23 receptions for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

Both are expected to have their roles on the offense moving forward.

"Rashad Ross did good things and he provides a spark for us with a lot of great seed and obviously Ryan Grant," Gruden said at the NFL Combine. "Ryan Grant did some good things in the running game blocking and special teams and when he got an opportunity to run some routes and get the ball he did some good things. I feel really strongly about Ryan Grant. I think he's an excellent receiver just waiting for his opportunity to be a starter."




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