A lot of attention at receiver focused on rookie Josh Doctson and veteran DeSean Jackson. But Jamison Crowder is the target who left folks at Redskins Park excited. Late last year, the Redskins felt Crowder wore down (he admitted as much) and it impacted his ability to get free. Crowder has looked decisive and explosive in his routes this offseason. And don’t think that just because Doctson is here that Crowder will somehow get bumped in some three-receiver sets. The Redskins will be reluctant to sit Crowder based on how they felt he looked this spring, building on his 59-catch rookie season. He still must show he can shake defensive backs when they play press coverage.
Offensive coordinator Sean McVay not only believes Doctson can do so, he's confident the Redskins will get the most out of the 6-foot-2, 202 pounder early on in his career.
“The great thing about it is we got a bunch of great players, and he’ll start out as an outside receiver, where he’ll play behind both Pierre and DeSean, and we’ll be able to groom him,” McVay said Wednesday on ESPN980. “And however well he does, he’ll earn that playing time if his play dictates that. He’s a guy that we’re very excited about.”
McVay went on to compare Doctson to A.J. Green and did say that he could earn more playing time if his play dictates it. We're assuming both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon will be back, and don't envision Doctson beating out either player in training camp. Garcon is probably the most vulnerable, so if Doctson has a great summer and earns a larger role, it will probably come at Garcon's expense. Jackson is also known to be somewhat injury-prone, so Doctson could see more snaps due to simple attrition.
Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6:15pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 6:16pm
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
It’s a new experience for the entire organization. Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has had several days to figure out his approach for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, and he is planning to use his healthy players with a home playoff game on the horizon. It’s unknown at this point, however, how long some of the Redskins’ key starters will play with the team locked into the NFC’s No. 4 seed.
“I have a good feel for it, so we just have to make that determination,” Gruden said. “Number one, it’s the health of our football team with these injured guys who are legitimately injured and can’t play. Then, from there, we’ll have to figure out the able bodies that we have — personnel groupings will be adjusted — and then throughout the course of the game, we’ll make adjustments depending on the situation.”
“It’s important for us to be healthy come playoff time, but it is also to have some kind of momentum also going in,” Gruden said. “I’d like to end on a four-game winning streak, win three games in a row on the road, finish the fourth quarter [of the season] 4-0 [and] finish 9-7. I think it’s a hell of a step in the right direction. The guys that are able to play are planning on playing and competing.”
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (foot, knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. Jackson posted 5-117-1 and 4-126 in two games against his old team last season.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (knee, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. It looks like Jackson will play and he’s a low-end WR3 given the injury. His presence is a boost for Kirk Cousins, who tends to play a lot better at home than he does on the road.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Jackson says he’s going to play, but owners should take that with a spoonful of salt. He’s penciled into our rankings and is a low-end WR3 given the injury. Washington plays early on Sunday.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson says he’s going to play, but owners should take that with a spoonful of salt. For now, we’re assuming he’s out, but he’d probably be ranked in the 32-37 range (in standard) if he’s active against the Bills, though that depends with how much practice he gets and the severity of the injury.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to miss at least some time during this week of practice with a bruised knee, Coach Jay Gruden said on Monday. He's day-to-day.
Jackson injured his knee while making a diving catch along the sideline later in Washington’s win over Chicago on Sunday. He left the game briefly, but returned despite being at less than 100 percent.
Gruden said he doesn’t believe the injury is severe, the story said.
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