Washington Redskins Need More Production From Wide Receivers

By Ben Grimaldi
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The Washington Redskins had one of the better offenses in the NFL last year because of the way they ran the ball. They finished first in the league in rushing behind two great rookie seasons from Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. However, when you finish the season leading the NFL in rushing, it’s understandable that your passing game won’t be at the same level as your ground game.

If the Redskins want to be an even better offense next year, they need more production from their wide receivers.

I’m not saying the ‘Skins receivers were bad last year but if they want to take that next step, they need to be even better. The good news is the Redskins have the pieces in place to have a great passing game. Pierre Garcon proved to be a great signing for the Redskins and even though he only caught 44 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns, that was done in only 10 games. Project those numbers over a full year, and he’s a 1,000 yard receiver and would certainly be the focal point of the quarterbacks. In fact, the Redskins were 9-1 in games that Garcon played, so it’s obvious he is a dominant presence at wide receiver.

The other Redskins receivers were adequate in replacing Garcon as the lead receiver, but none of them were able to crack 600 yards receiving and even though Santana Moss caught eight touchdowns, he wasn’t a consistent threat. Moss is getting older and is still a reliable target but his best days are behind him, so the Redskins need to find a legitimate threat across from Garcon.

The receiver who I think will step up and play a bigger role next season will be Leonard Hankerson. Hankerson had an injury cut short his rookie year so he still had a learning curve this year and still put up 543 yards receiving as the third option in the Redskins offense.

The third season for receivers is usually the year they break out, and if Washington gets a big season from Hankerson, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. He has big play potential written all over him and two of his three touchdowns went for over 50 yards, so Hankerson has no problems stretching the field.

Washington also has Josh Morgan and the young game-breaker Aldrick Robinson to help in the passing game, but they need to show more consistency.

With the way the Redskins are able to run the ball, they should have no trouble making plays in the passing game. The Washington Redskins can have one of the best offenses in the league, no matter who’s under center, if they got more production from their wide receivers.

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