How Terrelle Pryor And Brian Quick Will Factor Into The Washington Redskins Passing Game
By Steve Herl
In free agency, the Washington Redskins have signed two receivers. Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick will seemingly replace DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon in the Redskins passing game, but they still have work to do.
Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick will join Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Ryan Grant as the Redskins primary options at wide receiver. Together with Doctson (6-foot-2), Pryor (6-foot-5) and Quick (6-foot-3), Washington will have three taller receivers. However, they give the Redskins three receivers who are not experienced, disciplined route runners.
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In regard to replacing DeSean Jackson, Pryor is the speed guy. His height and 40 time (4.38) actually compare favorably to Calvin Johnson (6-foot-5, 4.35). Jackson is 5-foot-10 with a 40 time of 4.35. Pryor has only played one year at wide receiver, and therefore he does not have Jackson’s reputation or experience. That said, Pryor has been working with Randy Moss this offseason, so perhaps that will allow him to see some improvement.
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Brian Quick may actually have the tougher shoes to fill. Peyton Manning helped develop Pierre Garçon into one of the NFL’s toughest and most dependable receivers. His precise route running and physicality made Garçon a great possession receiver and a security blanket for Kirk Cousins.
Quick’s 40 yard time is 4.5 while Garçon’s is 4.42. Quick is taller, but his route running is nowhere close to Garcon’s. Doctson may actually get the first chance to replace Garçon but his inexperience will hurt his chances. As a receiver at TCU, Doctson did not run an NFL passing tree, so his route running is a work in progress.
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Accordingly, Crowder may turn out to be the Redskins go to receiver. Crowder could become Washington’s version of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola or Chris Hogan. If so, the taller receivers will have to stretch the field and learn to win the 50/50 balls. Combined with Jordan Reed, this group of receivers should keep the Redskins passing game in good shape but there is work to do. Stay tuned.