Is it possible for a team to have two number one wide receivers? That’s the question the Washington Redskins will be trying to answer in 2014, as they have two legitimate candidates in the newly signed DeSean Jackson and last years leading receiver Pierre Garcon. Both are qualified for the title, but which one will it be?
Jackson will be the deep threat for the Redskins and Garcon who also go deep, will be the primary intermediate threat. If this will were last season, there might be some controversy between the two, as the Redskins were predominantly a running team. They only passed a lot when they were behind late in games, which was often.
But with new head coach Jay Gruden running the show, it seems that while the Redskins will still run the football, they more than likely pass the ball a lot more on first and second down. This means that the receivers will be targeted a lot more by quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2014 than he has in previous seasons.
I expect RGIII to continue to look for Garcon a lot, as they already have good chemistry with each other having played together for the past two seasons. But as the season goes on, I think Griffin will look for DeSean Jackson more and more. Until they get comfortable I think Gruden will try to get the ball in Jackson hands in creative ways.
Quick screens, reverses, anything to give him an opportunity to make something happen. However, Garcon is the stronger of the two, and his ability to make yards after the catch in traffic leads me to believe that he will continue to be the number one target for Robert Griffin III for the time being. But either way, it’s nice just to have two receivers of this caliber at the same time.