Why the Washington Football Team should sign Kenny Golladay
Last season, the Washington Football Team won their division at 7-9. The team’s defense performed at a Top-10 level after starting 1-5, and was the anchor for the team’s success.
Their offense, meanwhile, performed like a bottom-five unit throughout the entirety of the season. Specifically, the passing attack was one of the worst in the NFL last year.
The Washington Football Team ranked 31st in dropback EPA, 29th in dropback success rate, while ranking 21st in big-time passing plays (passes that travel 25+ yards successfully), and concluding with a 24th place finish in passing yards per game.
Their passing offense was abysmal, partly due to their play under center, but also due to the lack of perimeter weapons for their carousel at QB. Their leading receiver and team captain, Terry McLaurin, accounted for 1,118 receiving yards last season. Thus, he accounted for around 33 percent of the team’s total passing offense.
Their second-leading yardage leader at the receiver position was UDFA Cam Sims, who totaled 477 yards on the year. After breaking it down further, Sims had 276 yards in total from Weeks 9-13. That means in 12 games, he finished with only 201 yards. His output week in and week out was as inconsistent as it comes.
Furthermore, after totaling the Washington Football Team’s entire receiver room in the yards statistic, the wideouts on the roster accounted for 2,260 of Washington’s 3,465 yards on the year. McLaurin’s 1,118 yards accounted for nearly 50% of Washington’s entire pass-catching output from their WR room.
While McLaurin has proved he can handle this load, during the second half of the season, he was treated as a true WR1, as teams schemed to stop McLaurin on the outside.
When McLaurin faltered down the stretch due to injuries and heightened attention, the Washington Football Team’s passing offense deteriorated even further. With no true second option at the receiver position, the insertion of Kenny Golladay opposite of McLaurin would work wonders and give the Washington Football Team a premier wideout duo for whoever is under center.