With new coach Jay Gruden the Redskins 2014 offense will look different than fans have seen for the past few years. The Shanahan zone-read run-game will be gone, and in it's place a more traditional downhill blocking scheme. But today nobody is thinking about the Redskins run game, all eyes are on the passing game.
Depending on what you believe, former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is very close to signing with Washington; some reports even say he already has. If or when those reports become true, the Redskins offense adds a serious playmaker, a receiver with elite speed that accounted for more than 1,300 yards last season to go with nine touchdowns. Add in the Redskins current No. 1 WR Pierre Garçon, who set a new team record for single-season receptions and also went for more than 1,300 yards, and the Skins have powerful weapons at receiver.
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The flip side of that equation: Will there be enough passes to go around? Jackson and Garçon, like all star receivers, want the ball, and want it often. Last year in the Bengals offense, with Gruden at the helm, A.J Green put up huge numbers: 92 catches for 1,426 yards and 11 touchdowns. But the Bengals next best receiver? Marvin Jones, who caught 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns.
It's worth pointing out that while Jones is a nice player, he does not stack up to Garçon or Jackson. Perhaps the Bengals offense would produce two-1,000 yards receivers under Gruden if the personnel called for it.
It may be wroth considering, as much as any signing of Jackson will be widely celebrated by Redskins fans, that quarterback Robert Griffin III will have to keep each receiver happy. Will there be enough balls to go around? Enough plays to be made? Nothing to worry about, RG3 will spread the ball to all of his weapons?
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