When you lose a pair of 1,000-yard pass-catchers in basically a 24-hour span, you don’t have a lot of time to lick your wounds. So in the midst of all of the front office drama going on with the Washington Redskins, the organization has still gone out and done its best when it comes to filling holes in free agency.
Fortunately for this team, the cupboard isn’t totally bare when it comes to the wide receiver position. Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson have moved on but Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant and 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson are on the roster. And this is an offense that relies on the tight end spot. The ‘Skins are set there with Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis.
So how does signing former Cleveland Browns’ wideout Terrelle Pryor help Jay Gruden’s club? The former quarterback came into his own this past season as a wideout. He led his team with 77 receptions, good for 1,007 yards and four scores. In fact, he totaled as many catches as Crowder (67), Grant (8) and Doctson (2) combined. And he also did it with a team that saw six different quarterbacks throw passes in 2016.
Via Spotrac, Pryor signed a one-year, $6 million deal with Washington. He’s certainly not as seasoned as either Garcon or Jackson. But he stands to be highly productive in this offense. And with the variety of weapons at quarterback Kirk Cousins’ disposal (if he indeed is the quarterback), he may wind up filling Garcon’s role with the club by season’s end. Just give him a little time to establish that rapport with Cousins.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.