The Washington Redskins got solid production out of their receiving corps last season. But they still need to add some depth and could target veteran help for the unit.
For the past few years, the Redskins have entered each season with a pretty big weakness at the wide receiver position. After DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left in free agency, the Redskins struggled to find consistent options for their offense. Jamison Crowder was fine for some time, but he departed in free agency as well while first-round bust Josh Doctson never lived up to his potential.
In 2019, the Redskins receiving corps was as unproven as ever and looked to be one of their biggest issues on offense. But overall, the group turned out to be a pleasant surprise and ultimately found some productive pieces.
Chief among them were two rookies: Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims. McLaurin, a third-round pick, was the best of the group and looks like a potential No. 1 receiver moving forward. He grabbed 58 passes for 919 yards and seven touchdowns despite dealing with spotty quarterback play at times as a rookie. He will continue to be the team’s top receiver moving forward.
Elsewhere, Sims really came on late as the team’s speedy slot option. He caught four touchdowns in the last three games of the season and has the quickness and separation skills needed to make an impact in that area.
That said, the Redskins could still use some wide receiver talent and in particular, they need a veteran presence. It doesn’t seem like Paul Richardson will be back after two injury-plagued and non-productive campaigns. And while the team has Kelvin Harmon, another rookie who showed promise in 2019, it may be best for them to sign a true No. 2 receiver to complement McLaurin and Sims while giving Harmon a chance to serve as the fourth receiver and develop.
Luckily for the Redskins, it’s a good year to need a receiver, as the free agent class is strong at the position and so too is the 2020 NFL Draft. Here’s a look at who their top targets could be in free agency this year.