Top five receivers for Redskins to target in 2020 NFL free agency
Robby Anderson has a lot working for him. He has a nice 6-foot-3 frame and is extremely fast. He can function as a burner and is averaging 14.8 yards per catch during his NFL career. Best of all, he turns only 27 in May, so he still could be getting better.
However, there are some concerns with Anderson as well. Notably, he was arrested twice in the course of a calendar year from 2017 to 2018 and that led to questions about his character. He has since cleaned up his act, but the checkered history is still a bit of a concern.
Anderson has been in the league for four years since going undrafted out of Temple. His best season came back in 2017 when he caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which are career highs.
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Over the course of the last two years, Anderson has averaged 51 catches, 765.5 yards, and 5.5 touchdowns per season. He has fallen victim to some of Sam Darnold‘s struggles/illness issues, but he has shown that he has the speed needed to be a game-breaker. In the ideal world, he’d be a great No. 2 receiver and with Washington, he would fit in.
Anderson would be a nice replacement for Richardson as a speedy No. 2 option. He could provide the squad the speed they were hoping to get from Richardson along with a bigger frame and more durability. And Anderson’s presence would make it difficult for teams to focus on McLaurin and Sims, so one of the pass-catching weapons would be bound to get open on every play.
Anderson will likely command a deal similar to the four-year, $44.4 million pact the Raiders gave to Tyrell Williams last offseason. If the Redskins like Anderson enough, that could make him one of the more affordable options with high-level potential. That said, it will all come down to how he checks out in interviews related to his previous arrests.