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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The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.
Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.
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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine.
The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey.
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With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.
His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:
- Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
- Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
- Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.
Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.
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