The Washington Redskins began organized team activities yesterday providing newly hired head coach Jay Gruden with his first look at his revamped roster. Gruden spent last season as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals grooming quarterback Andy Dalton. This season Gruden will have a much more difficult task of elevating quarterback Robert Griffin III back to the level of his rookie campaign. RG3 should have all the prep needed for what should prove to be a pivotal season in the growth of his career. He will get to throw his first passes to a much deeper and potentially the most dangerous receiving corp in the entire NFL.
Washington added one of the best all-around receivers in the NFL, DeSean Jackson. Jackson shows unique quickness off the line of scrimmage, great ball catching ability as well as the speed to beat any cornerback on the long ball. To make matters worse for opposing defenses, Pierre Garcon is back with a vengeance after his record setting 113 reception year in the Burgundy and Gold. Garcon, ranked the 81st best player in the NFL, will be even more dangerous with Jackson complementing him on the outside.
After many years with Santana Moss as the team’s slot receiver, the Redskins appear to have finally upgraded with the signing of Andre Roberts. Roberts, a former Cardinal, should also be able to go across the middle to catch passes and return kicks to contribute to the team’s poor special team’s play. Returning from a string of concussions will be third year tight end Jordan Reed. Reed will bring great size and athleticism to a rather small receiving corp.
All these weapons have led former NFL player and current NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks to grade Washington as having the deepest group of receivers in the entire league. The final piece to the puzzle will be how well RG3 is able to distribute the ball to the plethora of talented wide outs. If all goes well, there’s no reason why the Washington Redskins couldn’t have the League’s premier offense.