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Need to Know: Which Redskins will be most affected by Jackson signing?

Apr 2, 2014, 3:32 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 2, five days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

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Which current Redskins would be most affected by the Redskins landing DeSean Jackson? Here’s a look at five who will either benefit or be negatively affected by Jackson in burgundy and gold.

Brian Orakpo—We haven’t seen any contract details but it’s a good bet that Jackson’s first-year contract hit will have to be fairly low to fit under the cap room remaining. That means a bigger hit next year and that could make it difficult to give Orakpo a second tag or to sign him to a new deal.

Robert Griffin III—This doesn’t require an advanced degree in football analytics to figure out. With Jackson lined up Pierre Garçon with Jordan Reed roaming between the numbers, Griffin should have plenty of open targets and he will have an easier time regaining his 2012 form.

Stephen Bowen—Even a first-year cap friendly deal for Jackson would put the Redskins in quite a squeeze and the team might have to give up on hoping that Bowen’s knee will improve and cut him loose to save the cap space.

Leonard Hankerson—He has been second or third on the wide receiver depth chart when he has been healthy ever since the first several games of his rookie season. But with the top three of Jackson, Garçon, and Andre Roberts, Hankerson will have to scuffle for snaps.

Jordan Reed—Certainly Garçon and Andre Roberts would be helped by the extra attention given to Jackson but his presence also will take some targets away from the other wide receivers. Reed will get some more of the shorter passes and he should have room to operate.

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  1. michaeledwinbond - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    Hi Rich, wondering how you see Santana Moss being affected by the signing? Do they let him battle it out with Hankerson and Robinson for snaps and as depth on returns, or just let him go?

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:14 AM

      I would think that if Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson are roughly even with Moss that the younger players have the inside track. They will give Moss a chance to fight for a spot in camp but there’s not guarantee he’ll be around come September.

      • Ray - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Garçon , & Jackson on the outsides with Roberts , & Moss both in the slots … Wow that’s a heck of 4 wide set that can spread the D & create so many miss matches… Plus that helps Morris , Reed , RG3 too

      • rlkmwyatt - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Do you really think that Hankerson or Robinson will match Moss? I understand they are younger but I do not see where they have ‘made the grade’.

    • Ray - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Why would you want Moss to be affected ! He can proved mentor ship for the younger receiver. At the same time Moss is better than Aldrick Robinson , that’s who needs to be affected ! Plus giving him #11 since he can’t get #10

      • Rich Tandler - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        It doesn’t really matter what I want. It’s just the way I see it. New coach might well choose youth over experience.

  2. alextwrs - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Santana’s saving grace may be his special teams expertise especially if they dont want Desean returning punts . Which I think they should utilize, but with injuries happening on special teams it might be smart to keep him around and try to deal Hank or Aldrick while we can get value for them. Draft a seventh round Wr 6’2 or bigger and develop him while pierre and Desean do work.

    • manchild157 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Santana’s special team expertise is nonexistent as of late. Not worth keeping on that point, he has to seperate himself from the young receivers.

      • alextwrs - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        So who is our special team backup behind Desean? It aint Nick williams or Chris Thompson.

  3. vtsquirm - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    If our WR corps will consist of Garcon, Jackson, Roberts, Hankerson, Robinson, and maybe Moss, there doesn’t seem to be much room for any rookie WRs. I’d think if they do draft someone in the first 4-5 Rounds, Moss could be gone. This opens up our draft board it bit more though with Jackson & Clark signing on–just need a new starting RT & possible an ILB to start and we should be covered.

  4. kenlinkins - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Rich: Would you agree that the signing of both Clark and Jackson should not effect the Redskins draft plans for the next two drafts? IMO The Redskins must still try and reload at a number of positions like OLB, CB, Safety, DT, DE, OT, C, ILB and WR. The Redskins seemed to get a lot older this off season with a ton of older, stop gap guys who might have a few years left in the tank, but the over all skill levels of guys coming up is still questionable at best. Just went will the Redskins have to judge the odds of these developing into starters, back ups or list them as a draft bust of a former coach?

    • shermanp79 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      If you go look at the ages, this team is still young. Look at last yrs team and then look at it now. The LBs signed are younger. The OL guys are in their 20’s and Roberts is 26 and we will most likely lose Moss. This team is young.

      • kenlinkins - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Weren’t we told that last years team was going to be one of the youngest in the NFL, but didn’t it become like number 28th? I am not totally sure about last year, and I could be wrong here, does anyone know were the Redskins stood in NFL Avg Age in 2013, 2012 and now?

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