Washington Redskins free agent receiver signee Andre Roberts recently alluded to the point that he’s not sure what his role will be on offense now that the Redskins have signed DeSean Jackson. Roberts thought he was signed to be the number 2 wide receiver next to Pierre Garcon, but with Jackson signed on, that won’t be the case.
I can understand where Roberts is coming from. He was the number 3 receiver for the Cardinals and thought he would be getting more opportunities with the Redskins. But at the time the Redskins signed Roberts no one knew that DeSean Jackson would be available. And when he became available the Redskins had to explore signing him.
Jackson is too good of a player not to gauge his interest, and the Redskins would have been silly not to. Also, even if the Redskins hadn’t signed DeSean Jackson, they still would have drafted a receiver early in the draft to further bolster the position, and they still might draft one on top of what they already have.
The Bottom line is a few injuries could deplete what appears to be a deep unit, so the Redskins will need as many options as possible at receiver. I think Andre Roberts will get his fair share of targets in the Redskins offense, and the presence of DeSean Jackson will more than likely create more chances for him to make plays.
But one thing is certain, head coach Jay Gruden will not only have to ensure that he designs way to get chances for his offensive weapons to shine. Otherwise, there may be more grumbling to come if some players don’t think they’re being used enough. However, it’s a good problem to have. You’d rather have too many weapons, than not enough.