With the news of Eric Decker’s release from the New York Jets, the question is would he provide the Redskins with an upgrade at the receiver position?
Last year, Decker only managed 9 receptions for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 3 games he played for the New York Jets before he was injured for the remainder of the season.
The Redskins lost their top two receivers last year in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, who combined for over 41% of the team’s receiving yards. There’s definitely a need for some experience on the roster, if you can get over the injury history, but does Decker provide what the team is missing now?
The current depth chart is a little murky, and no one on the staff is in a hurry to update it yet, but the most likely listing is Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder as the main three in the rotation.
Pryor is an intriguing player who shined in his one year at the position in Cleveland after making the transition from quarterback, and hauled in 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and 4 touchdowns. His production is exciting, and his stats could replace Garcon, but how much trust can you really put in a guy who the Oakland Raiders drafted to play quarterback just a couple of years ago? Pryor will be the lynchpin for this off-season’s success or, as entirely too many writers for ESPN are listing it already, failure. If Pryor turns in another Pro Bowl worthy season, the Redskins offense should be largely on par with last season’s success.
Doctson may actually be more of an unknown than Pryor. An injury to his Achilles limited him to two games last season, and made him look hesitant and slow in those games due to his fear of re-injury. All reports from OTAs are looking good for Doctson, and his speed and size are intriguing, but until we see him take meaningful snaps against top-level talent, he’s a large question mark.
Crowder is the elder statesman of this group, which is a bit crazy since he’s in only his 3rd season in the league, but he is coming off of back-to-back seasons where he played in every game for the Redskins. His 67 receptions for 847 yards and 7 touchdowns was 3rd most on the team, and he is the leading returning receiver for the Redskins. His talent is just now starting to show, and he will definitely be counted on to anchor this offense and provide quarterback Kirk Cousins with a steady target that he has comfort in.
Both Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are also back, so I would expect to see several two tight end formations as the team figures itself out, but Davis has been slowly declining and the Redskins could use another red-zone threat to balance out Reed.
Decker could bring strong leadership and experience with him to the wide receiver meetings, and that alone might be worth bringing him in. The receivers are the biggest question on an otherwise strong offense, so maybe they should bring him in and give him a chance. After all, the worst case scenario would be seeing his wife, Jessie James Decker, rocking the Burgundy and Gold.
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