The Washington Redskins receiving corps has drastically improved this offseason. The additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts paired with Pierre Garcon give the Redskins one of the most dangerous receiving corps in the NFL.
However, what the Redskins receiving corps is still lacking is a big-bodied possession receiver who can win jump balls and be a red zone threat. Additionally, new coach Jay Gruden has shown a tendency to prefer these type of taller receivers, as with the Cincinnati Bengals Gruden had A.J. Green (6-foot-4), Jermaine Gresham (6-foot-5) and Tyler Eifert (6-foot-6) at his disposal.
Cody Hoffman could give the Redskins the type of big bodied receiver Gruden prefers. Hoffman holds the BYU records with 206 receptions, 3,612 yards, 33 receiving touchdowns and 5,105 all-purpose yards.
There are a few reasons to like Hoffman’s chances with the Redskins. Obviously, he would fill the need of tall possession type receiver the Redskins lack (the next tallest receiver is 6-foot-2). The Redskins have not done a great job of developing players in the past, and this could be an opportunity to improve upon that. The Redskins have their starting three receivers signed through at least 2016, so Hoffman could learn behind the veteran guys and not be forced into a role too early (see: Bacarri Rambo).
The other big thing that Hoffman has going in his favor to make the Redskins roster is his special teams ability. Hoffman set a single-season school record with 36 kickoff returns for 897 yards (24.4 average) including a 93-yard touchdown return. The Redskins are still searching for their long-term solution at returner, and this would only help Hoffman’s chance to make the roster.
Looking at the Redskins’ current receiving competition, you have to like Hoffman’s chances strictly because of his unique skill set he brings to the team. Aldrick Robinson is a poor man’s DeSean Jackson; his one dimensional play and Jackson’s signing could mean the end of Robinson’s tenure with the Redskins. Leonard Hankerson is coming off of knee surgery, and the Redskins drafted a very similar player in Ryan Grant, so only one of the two will likely make the Redskins roster. As for Santana Moss, although he has had a great career with the Redskins, Moss is 34 years old. In a crowded competition to make the roster, Moss will likely find himself on the outside looking in.
Although a crowded competition, Hoffman brings something to the table that no other Redskins receiver does. This paired with his ability to make an impact on special teams gives Hoffman a good chance to make the Redskins’ 53-man roster as an undrafted free-agent.