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Need to Know: RG3’s top five pass targets in 2013

Apr 28, 2014, 5:02 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 28, 10 days before the NFL draft.

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Here are the top five targets for the 456 passes thrown by Robert Griffin III in his 13 starts in 2013.

Pierre Garçon, 138—This is no surprise since over the course of all 16 games he led the NFL in passes thrown his way with 182.

Jordan Reed, 56—With such a drop off from Garçon to Reed in the second spot, it’s no wonder that the Redskins went big at wide receiver in free agency. The Griffin-Reed connection started early with the rookie getting six passes thrown his way in the season opener.

Santana Moss, 55—Although Moss didn’t have a stellar year he remained Griffin’s security blanket in many situations. Those improvements in the receiver corps in the form of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts certainly put Moss’ role in the offense up in the air. In fact, his spot on the roster could be in jeopardy.

Leonard Hankerson, 49—He was in the midst of a solid season, but not the breakout year many had anticipated, when he suffered a torn ACL against the Eagles in Week 11.

Roy Helu, 35—This isn’t that surprising if you consider that Helu was used at lot while the Redskins were trailing in games and they were behind, well, a lot. In case you were wondering, Alfred Morris was targeted eight times by Griffin.

Who do you think will be his top targets in 2014? Let us know in the comments.

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Timeline

—It’s been 120 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 132 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: First veteran minicamp 1; NFL Draft 10; Training camp starts 86

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  1. Hart - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I still think we should draft a big receiver in the 4th round. If any of the top 3 miss time this year we are in trouble. Whats the status of Dez Briscoe?

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Briscoe was not tendered as a restricted free agent so he is an unrestricted free agent. I’d think if the Redskins have any interest they would have gotten something done by now. Apparently, the league as a whole is disinterested as well.

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  2. kenlinkins - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    It will be interesting to see if the Redskins keep 6 WR’s on the 53 man roster and then another one on the Practice Squad for a total of 7 guys. If they do, then Moss has a very good chance to make the team again if he can show solid hands again. The big challenge for Gruden will be to evaluate guys who have played like a V8 running on 6 cylinders due to injury / poor coaching / lack of game experience etc. (i.e. flashed some talent but never really took the next step). Every new head coach makes a few cuts that the fans had no idea was coming in order to keep guys they believe will grow into a productive role. There is a long list of guys who could make that list if they do not show something fast in Training Camp. In a case like this, even so called “Camp Bodies” (human blocking dummy’s) have a shot to make Special Teams if they can get into preseason games. I never liked coach Shanahan’s control measure of “practice well = game time” as it can total miss on a “gamer” (someone who plays well in games). IMO if a team signed you, they saw something in you and should get you into a preseason game for a few plays. If you can practice well enough to get into a preseason game after OTA’s, Mini Camps, and 5 weeks of training camp A. your position coach should be fired, B. You should have been CUT already C. the guy who signed you should be fired. ALSO: What does it say when your #1 WR has 2.3 times the REC’s as the 2nd guys on the list?

  3. savagegun - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I remember when Pierre came from the Colts. He was a good receiver with ball handling problems. He dropped his fair share of passes from Payton Manning, but when he did catch it the YAC were impressive. Now he’s matured into quite a WR.
    Desean Jackson opposite Garcon and Roberts playing #3 will be a great triple threat. Roberts could be that break out guy with both Garcon and Jackson being covered. Jordan will be the safety outlet down the middle between the LB’s and Helu may see less playing time then he had last year. Of course that’s if everyone can stay healthy.
    With Jackson in the mix the playbook is wide open. The bubble screens, end around and deep ball are all viable now. Jackson has the sure hands and that incredible speed that can make a shortage yardage play into a big gain. Jackson will have the most touches.
    With all that said it’s all on RGIII. He now has the WR’s to make this offense explosive, but he has to distribute the ball and see the whole field. With all of these weapons they’re useless unless Griffin develops his vision and sees the open man. This is truly a prove it season for RGIII. He has no excuses!

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