The Redskins’ wide receiver corps isn’t quite back to where it was last year but they took a huge step in the right direction by signing Terrelle Pryor to a one-year contract today.
The unit lost a pair of 1,000-yard receivers to free agency in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. The Redskins now gain one in Pryor, who caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.
The first thing that will strike opponents about the Redskins’ pass catchers when they take the field on Sundays is that they are tall. Pryor is 6-6 and Josh Doctson, last year’s first-round choice is 6-2. Add in tight ends Jordan Reed (6-2) and Vernon Davis (6-3) and the Redskins should get some more production in the red zone, an area of major weakness in 2016.
Along with the highly productive slot receiver Jamison Crowder, the Redskins’ front-line receivers appear to be strong. The coaches also are high on the potential of second-year receiver Maurice Harris, a 6-3 undrafted free agent who got his feet wet as a rookie last year.
Many are puzzled by Pryor’s contract, which calls for him to make $8 million on the one-year deal. There long was talk that the Browns would franchise tag him, which would have carried a salary of around $15 million. It appears that a solid market did not appear for Pryor based on his one year of full-time wide receiver work. Rather than taking a multi-year deal at a relatively low rate he decided to take the one year and try to have another good year to establish his value for a bigger, multiyear deal.
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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 22, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 80 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 25
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 72
Fan questions—Facebook edition
I put up a post on Facebook to get some questions from fans and while I got a lot of good ones I didn’t get any that would require an answer long enough for a full post. So I picked some questions to answer rapid-fire style.
I will do the same thing with questions I got on Twitter tomorrow.
Marc, the reality is that the Redskins took a step back last year. Their record was worse and they didn’t make the playoffs. Looking at the recent history of the Redskins, what reason would an analyst have to think that they wouldn’t continue to backslide. Quite simply, the Redskins are going to have to prove it on the field if pundits are going to predict that they will improve from year to year.
He takes risk but how much depends on why the hypothetical decline in his numbers happened. Is it simply because they passed less often? Was he less accurate? Did the receivers have trouble getting open and/or drop a lot of passes? Did game situations differ? Where there injury issues? NFL teams aren’t simply going to look at top-line numbers and determine his value from there. The “whys” will be very important.
I’m very confident that Su’a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger will be an upgrade over what they had at safety last year. Neither is going to the Pro Bowl but the new safeties should represent more than baby steps towards impriving the position. I also ask you to recall all of the talk of Josh Norman getting burned in training camp last year. He turned out to be pretty good.
I don’t make much out of them. He’s not going to bluff anyone into thinking that Nate Sudfeld is going to be a 2018 replacement for Cousins. And Mike McCartney isn’t going let a Williams “take one for the team” statement affect what he sees as a fair deal for his client. Carry on.
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In case you missed it
Charley Casserly is tired of people talking about Kirk Cousins' potential new contract with the Redskins without talking potential numbers, so on Wednesday's edition of Countdown to Redskins Training Camp on CSN, he came up with some of his own.
Feel free to fill up a cold glass of water before you hear them, though. Maybe two glasses, actually, because the numbers are quite large.
The ex-GM took into consideration the money Cousins is set to make in 2017 because of the franchise tag and then outlined the deal from there. In the end, he settled on $81 million as the minimum amount of guaranteed dollars the Redskins must offer the QB, and even at that point, he still isn't sure an agreement would happen.
To hear how he arrived to that staggering number, watch the full video in the video player above. And maybe get a refill for that water, too.
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