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Redskins getting low on WR options after Kenny Britt signs in Cleveland

Redskins getting low on WR options after Kenny Britt signs in Cleveland

The Redskins offense ranked as one of the best in the NFL in 2016. Much of that came from the strength of their receiving group, especially DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon.

Well, those two guys, and their 2,000 receiving yards, will be gone in 2017. Garçon to San Francisco and Jackson likely to Tampa. Gone. Adios. Goodbye.

Don't worry, however, as Jay Gruden said at the combine that the Redskins have plenty of "Plans B's and Plan C's." One such player might have been Kenny Britt, but that ship too has sailed.

An eight-year veteran but still just 28 years old, Britt was coming off a 1,000 yard season with the Rams. The effort was particularly impressive, as the quarterback situation in Los Angeles was particularly poor. Throughout his NFL career, Britt has dealt with off-field trouble and injuries, yet, at 6-foot-3 and fast, has always been an elite physical specimen. 

The Redskins brass had talked about Britt as a potential free agent signing for the 2017 season, but ultimately, did not get the deal done. It's hard to know but possible that Scot McCloughan was more interested in Britt than Bruce Allen, as recent events have drastically reduced McCloughan's role inside the organization.

What is known is that, right now, the Redskins leading wideout for next season is Jamison Crowder. A great route runner with a knack for getting open, Crowder looks like he could become a Top 5 slot WR in the NFL.

Behind Crowder, however, is a different story. The Redskins have three receivers under contract for 2017 in Ryan Grant, Maurice Harris and Josh Doctson. Combined, those three accounted for 208 yards in 2016. 

Options for receiver help are drying up fast in the free agent market. Perhaps a big move is in the works for Alshon Jeffery or Terrelle Pryor. Or perhaps Grant, Harris and Doctson better be ready to produce. 

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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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