The Redskins receiver group is unsettled, so dark-horse roster candidates have a legitimate chance to make the team.
The Washington Redskins have one of the most unproven receiver groups in the NFL. Right now, the only proven starter they have is Terry McLaurin, who emerged as a star during his rookie campaign. Steven Sims seems likely to hold down duties in the slot as well after impressing late in the year while Kelvin Harmon and Antonio Gandy-Golden will fight for the starting job across from McLaurin.
Aside from that quartet, the other spots on the roster aren’t as solidified. Cody Latimer and Trey Quinn, two of the more veteran receivers on the roster, probably have the inside track for the fifth and sixth receiver spots. But both come with concerns.
Quinn has battled injuries during his two-year NFL career and lost playing time to Sims down the stretch. He hasn’t been as effective on special teams as expected either, so he’ll have to impress the new coaching staff to earn a roster spot.
Meanwhile, Latimer has some off-field issues related to an arrest he had this offseason. It’s a good sign for his roster chances that the team hasn’t parted with him, but it’s still worth monitoring moving forward.
Because of the youth, inexperience, and lack of depth at receiver, it always felt like there was a chance for a dark horse roster candidate to emerge. Some thought that Emanuel Hall, a 6-2 receiver with great athletic ability, signed a practice-squad deal late last season, would have a chance to do that. But Hall suffered a torn Achilles while practicing last month and will miss the 2020 season as a result.
So, with Hall out of the mix, fewer receivers are vying for the top dark-horse spot, but there is no shortage of potential candidates. Here’s a look at the top candidates on the Redskins roster that may be able to win a roster spot if they beat out a veteran or if an injury occurs.