Washington Redskins: Allen Robinson and Paul Richardson free agent targets
The Washington Redskins of 2017 had a glaring hole in their offense. It was at wide receiver. They let two 1,000-yard receivers from 2016 walk. They attempted to replace them with an unproven second-year player and a $6 million free agent. While Josh Doctson had some moments, they were rare. Terrelle Pryor was a complete waste of money and time. Therefore, I would say that the team needs to address this in free agency. Recent reports have the Redskins targeting two names Allen Robinson and Paul Richardson.
Robinson was originally going to receive the franchise tag target for the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the team told his reps that they would not apply the said tag. Therefore, making him a free agent next week. Robinson has been one of the best receivers for the Jaguars over the past couple of seasons. That was before he tore his ACL in 2017. This could also be a reason or the Jags not tagging him.
In four years as a member of the Jaguars Robinson had 202 receptions for 2,848 yards and 22 TDs. His best season was 2015 where he had 80 rec for 1,400 yards and 14 TDs. The best receiver for the Washington Redskins in 2017 was Jamison Crowder. He finished the season with 66 rec for 789 yards and 3 TDs.
In previous seasons, prior to the departure of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, the Redskins were top 10 in passing offense. Last season they finished 12th. So, they truly missed not having a true number one wide receiver.
Another name that some are linking the Washington Redskins to is Paul Richardson from the Seattle Seahawks. He is a speed receiver that could come in and do similar things as DeSean Jackson. The 5th year pro out of Colorado is coming off his best season. A season in which he caught 44 passes for 703 yards and 6 TDs. While his stats are not impressive, he finds the end zone. Something that Washington Redskins receivers had trouble doing in 2017.
Richardson may not be a legitimate number one. Nonetheless, his speed could be a factor for the Redskins. Pitting him with Doctson, Crowder, Reed (if healthy), and Davis could be just what the doctor ordered for Alex Smith.
I, myself, am particular to Allen Robinson. In fact, I feel he has a lot more upside and offers more to the offense. Hence, the question would be how well he has recovered from his knee injury.
Targeting a wide receiver is ideal for the Washington Redskins in free agency. Especially now that they do not have to sacrifice other needs to pay Kirk Cousins.
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