Redskins: 3 wide receivers to target on the free agent market in 2018
If the Redskins are looking for a potential No. 1 receiver, the player with the most upside on the market is Allen Robinson. The Jaguars receiver has an excellent 6-foot-3, 220 pound frame and previously, he has been one of the best receivers in the NFL.
In 2015, it looked like Robinson was on his way to establishing himself as a top five receiver. He had 80 catches for 1,400 yards and a league leading 14 touchdowns. That year, he also had a 90-yard touchdown score that saw him outrun Brandon Browner on the Saints and get down the field quickly. His huge frame and solid speed made him an attractive candidate for a big follow up in 2016.
Instead, Robinson regressed and didn’t look as athletic. His downfield ability wasn’t as good, and he frankly looked a step slower. The reason for this is unknown, but it’s fair to wonder if he mailed it in a bit after having a spectacular 2015 campaign. Robinson was expected to bounce back in 2017, but a torn ACL in the first week of the season limited him to just a single catch.
Still, the upside of Robinson is undeniable. He has a proven track record of big production, and even his 2016 season wasn’t that bad. Robinson won’t turn 25 until late August, so he still has a lot of time to continue his development and become one of the premier receivers in the NFL.
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Because of his injury, the Redskins could look to ink him to a short term deal that has a lot of incentives, but low guarantees. He may take a “prove it” deal for a year like Terrelle Pryor did. That said, Robinson is more proven and less of a risk than Pryor, so the team should absolutely consider bringing him on board. Pairing him with Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder could do a lot to accelerate the development of both and form a truly solid receiving corps.