The Washington Redskins fielded one of the NFL’s best passing offenses in 2016, as the team ranked third in the NFL in passing yardage. Unfortunately, economic circumstances dictated that the Redskins enter 2017 with some new and unproven receivers. That’s because wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson pursued big money deals with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.
Washington got younger, bigger, and stronger at the top two wide receiving positions thanks to Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor. Each stands at least six foot two, weighs in excess of 215 pounds, and has the speed and receiving ability to improve Washington’s passing game. Doctson and Pryor also enter the season with a lot to prove to not only the Redskins, but to themselves.
Doctson was Washington’s first round pick last season. His selection raised many eyebrows considering the Redskins’ need for defensive help. Defensive linemen Robert Nkemdiche and Kenny Clark were 2016 draftees that could have helped Washington in the long term. Doctson compounded that doubt by straining right Achilles suffered early in spring practices. Mysteriously, the pain from that injury spread to Doctson’s left Achilles. The result was Doctson missing all but two games of his rookie season, catching two passes for 66 yards.
Pryor’s NFL career is experiencing a more positive upswing. Astute NFL fans remember Pryor beginning his career in 2012 as a quarterback with the Oakland Raiders. After three undistinguished seasons, Pryor joined the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He selflessly transitioned to the wide receiver position, where he enjoyed his best season in 2016. Pryor recorded 77 receptions, 1.007 yards, and four touchdowns with the Browns that year despite playing with some less than stellar quarterbacks. That won’t be the case in Washington, as quarterback Kirk Cousins will undoubtedly be the most talented quarterback he’s ever played with.
Pryor signed a one year contract with Washington, so he’ll be eager to have an even better season than last season. Doctson will be eager to put his forgettable rookie season behind him and become the primary receiver the Redskins thought they were getting last season. They have the potential to form one of the NFL’s most lethal receiving tandems. The aforementioned should be motivation enough for Doctson and Pryor to become exactly that.
Gregory Bradshaw is the staff writer for the Washington Redskins at EndZoneScore.com. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/knisheatah or contact him at [email protected]