2014 Redskins Depth Chart Analysis – Receivers and Tight Ends: This is an analysis of the Redskins Depth Chart going into next season. Outlining areas that are good, and others that need to be upgraded.
Wide Receiver - The Redskins have a very good number one receiver in Pierre Garcon, but they don’t have a clear number two. And the slot position could also stand to be upgraded as well.
- Pierre Garcon is the top receiver on the team. He set a Redskins single season record with 113 receptions in 2013. He’s a very good route runner and is outstanding over the middle.
- Leonard Hankerson began to step up last season, but he only played ten games before suffering a knee injury that ended his season. Hankerson had 30 catches for 375 and 3 TD’s on year.
- Santana Moss is a free agent this season, and played mostly in the slot catching 42 balls for 452 yards.
- Aldrick Robinson was the best deep threat for the Redskins, but so far remains a one trick pony, as his short and intermediate game still needs to improve.
- Joshua Morgan is a free agent this season as well and lost his starting spot to Hankerson. Morgan spent most of the season in Mike Shanahan’s doghouse, and my not be in the Redskins future plans.
- Nick Williams was added to the main roster late in the season, and saw time in the slot, and on special teams. He may have a chance to improve if he can make an impression on Jay Gruden.
Tight End – The Redskins found a break-out star at tight end last season in Jordan Reed. Logan Paulsen is a good backup, but they could stand to add some depth at the position.
- Jordan Reed missed seven games last season, but still finished second on the team with 45 receptions for 499 yards and 3TD’s. If he could find a way to stay healthy, Reed could emerge as one of the top TE’s in the NFL.
- Logan Paulsen had 28 catches for 267 yards and 3 TD’s in 2013. He’s a the Redskins best blocking TE, and is a decent fill in starter.
- Fred Davis will more than likely not be back as he’s a free agent, and faces a possible suspension next season as well.
- Niles Paul might get a look as the third TE from Jay Gruden, but so far he hasn’t really worked out there. Maybe he should move back to receiver.
WR - Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson: Garcon has emerged as one of the better receivers in the NFL, but Robinson needs to become more than just a deep threat.
WR - Leonard Hankerson, Joshua Morgan: Morgan probably won’t be back, and Hankerson is recovering from a knee injury. The Redskins need to find more depth here.
Slot - Santana Moss, Nick Williams: Moss is a free agent, and I don’t think he’ll be back. Williams is a good young talent, but there are question marks there. The Redskins need to find an upgrade at the slot.
TE - Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul: Reed has been good, but oft injured and I don’t think Paul is really a TE, so the Redskins could use more depth at tight end.
2014 Top Free Agents -
- Golden Tate, WR – Seattle Seahawks: (5-10, 202) Age: 25- Tate has stated that he wants to stay in Seattle, but some team might make him an offer he can’t refuse. He can play inside or out.
- Julian Edelman, WR – New England Patriots: (5-10, 198) Age: 27 – Edelman would certainly be an upgrade in the slot for the Redskins, as he emerged with 105 receptions for the Patriots last season.
- Hakeem Nicks, WR – New York Giants: (6-1, 208) Age: 26 - Nicks was seen as the number one receiver for the Giants, but I think he’d make a great number two receiver.
2014 Top Draft Prospects -
- Odell Beckham, WR - LSU: (5-11, 193) Projected Round – 1st-2nd - Has the talent to step in and have an impact as a rookie. A good route runner and a deep threat as well.
- Allen Robinson, WR – Penn State: (6-3, 210) Projected Round – 2nd - A big wide receiver, but is very fluid in and out of his routes as well. Could give the Redskins a dimension they don’t have.
- Brandin Cooks, WR – Oregon State: (5-10, 186) Projected Round – 2nd - A shifty and quick receiver, he could do well playing in the slot in the NFL, or on the outside.
- Connor Gillmore, TE – Colorado State: (6-6, 256) Projected Round – 4th - Had a great Senior Bowl, and is not only a good blocker, but a good receiver as well.