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Need to Know: The top five wide receivers the Redskins will face in 2015

Jul 12, 2015, 5:57 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 12, 18 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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Earlier this week I looked at the top five quarterbacks the Redskins will face this season and yesterday it was the top five running backs. Today, let’s look at the top five wide receivers on the schedule according to receiving yards gained in 2014:

1. Julio Jones, Falcons (1,593 yards, 3rd in NFL)—There was plenty of chatter that the Redskins were going to draft Jones in 2011 but the Falcons traded up and grabbed him with the sixth overall pick. At 6-4 he’s a handful and is coming of his best seasons.

2. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (1,320 yards, 8th)—The Redskins kept him under control in their first meeting, limitng Bryant to three catches for 30 yards. But in their second meeting he had four for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He posted a total of 16 touchdowns on the year.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants (1,305 yards, 10th)—As I’m sure you know, Beckham put up his numbers after missing the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury. That limited him to one game against the Redskins but he put up a few games’ worth of production, with 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

4. Alshon Jeffery, Bears (1,133 yards, 14th)—Chicago doesn’t have Brandon Marshall any more but the 6-4 Jeffery will be a handful for the Redskins’ defensive backs.

5. Mike Evans, Bucs (1,051 yards, 19th)—Here’s another rookie receiver who put up some serious numbers against the Redskins last year. Evans caught seven pass for 209 yards and two touchdowns in FedEx Field.

Note: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had 1,124 receiving yards last year and he is on the Redskins’ schedule. But this list only includes wide receivers.

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—It’s been 196 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 63 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 18; Preseason opener @ Browns 32; final cuts 55

 

  1. abanig - Jul 12, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Have no fear Culliver is here!

    Dez only had 4 recs for 55 yds against Culliver last year.

    Jeffery only had 3 recs for 47 yds against Culliver last year.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jul 12, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    At least we got Kerrigan in 2011, so it wasn’t a total busted draft.
    ~

  3. bangkokben - Jul 12, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Last year’s Tampa game was the worst! A game no one gave a shot to Tampa except the beat writers who cover our team. Griffin was abysmal – overthrowing Desean Jackson seemingly at will – and we still could’ve won that game had we had a secondary that could cover a rookie wide receiver or a pass rush that could get to Tampa’s QB. My assertion is that even if the quarterback play doesn’t improve this year – which I think it will – we win this type of game this year with the changes made on defense. This year we are back to the Gibbs 2.0 model: score three TDs and hold the opponents to 21 or less. Those teams were ugly and seldom met their goal (on offense, at least) but they did win some play-off games.

    • bangkokben - Jul 12, 2015 at 10:23 AM

      Just one playoff game.

      • abanig - Jul 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM

        Man I thought we were going to beat Seattle in Seattle in 07 when Todd Collins was our qb. That’s certainly one we let get away… :(

        • bangkokben - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:57 PM

          We seemed to have our share of games that slipped away. That game turned quickly and decisively.

    • abanig - Jul 12, 2015 at 10:41 AM

      I think Griffin was rushing things because Trent wasn’t in the game, it’s pretty clear in the SF & Tampa game without his blindside protector he was even more fearful of getting blasted on his blindside.

      Still, it was only one game. Griffin followed that bad game up with 3 much better games.

      I agree that our defense, running game and special teams should be improved and if they are they can limit the pressure on Griffin and the team will win more ugly games like we did when Gibbs and Mary were our coach last decade.

      • bangkokben - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM

        Griffin trusted Moses as much as Gruden trusted Griffin – maybe less. Of course, if he connects with Jackson the whole narrative of the game and what followed is different. We then likely never hear the famous line: “Just focusing on San Francisco.” Hopefully, Gruden learned what everyone else in the organization already knew, that Griffin is a ‘confidence’ quarterback. Destroying his confidence was a horrible job of motivating him. San Fran was arguably worse than Tampa. The only two that didn’t improve their games from Tampa were Moses and Griffin – although some speculate Moses did fine but Griffin took too many steps. I don’t know or care. What’s in the past is in the past. Learn from it and move on. And it looks as if he did. As you mentioned, he was much better after his return from the bench.

        • captblood3000 - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:41 PM

          Ben, Moses gave up two sacks in the San Francisco game. On one of those, the Redskins’ offensive line gave Griffin a clean pocket for a 5 or 7 step drop. Griffin backed out of that pocket, where Aldon Smith had a clear path to Griffin. This is not “speculation”. Both tackles were on the same page. And Moses was decent but not stellar in that game.

          That said, you could be right about Griffin’s confidence. If he expected his blind side protector to get beaten like a drum, then he could make more mental mistakes. But he has to learn from those mistakes.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jul 13, 2015 at 12:20 AM

          RG3 should have Trusted Moses more. Moses only gave up 4 sacks in in 8 games played 1 Start That’s not bad for a Rookie. Moses should Play Better this year. Spencer Long actually didn’t have any sacks in 5 games although these are limited snaps it is encouraging with them and our 1st round pick I’m encourage that Our Oline will better

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 7:40 AM

          Moses may have “played” in 4 games, but he didn’t play 4 full games. He only played 1 full game and it’s not a coincidence that the two games that Robert had his worst performances were when Moses played the full game against the 49ers.

          Remember the play when Moses came in for Polumbus against the Giants and Cousins got blown up because Moses didn’t seem to know the snap count?

          I think Moses can be a solid back up for the Redskins but let’s not act like 4 sacks in what basically adds up to be a game and a 1/2 all year long and that’s a good thing?

        • captblood3000 - Jul 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM

          Abanig, check your math. Griffin’s two worst games were the San Francisco game?

          For the Redskins’ coaches, it’s the 1 full game against San Francisco that counts. They came away believing that Moses could start at right tackle by the end of the season. That game was neither as bad as you say nor as good as Tim’s numbers,

          Whenever I hear Redskins fans talk about “solid backups” on the Redskins offensive line, I foresee future starters on another NFL team, usually a team playing meaningful games in December and January.

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 10:51 AM

          I obviously wrote wrong. I meant Griffin’s two worst games were San Fran & Tampa and Moses had to play in those games when Trent got injured.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:11 AM

          Agin Read the Whole Comment. I said he did prety good for a rookie in Limited Snaps for a rookie which is encouraging.

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:26 AM

          Yeah, but he didn’t really have many snaps in 6 of those 8 games he played that was my point. So essentially in two games he gave up 4 sacks which is poor but he does have size & length and has potential to be a starter at G or T someday.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jul 13, 2015 at 12:44 AM

      RG3 actually didn’t over throw Jackson. He over threw Roberts and the 2 Passes that he threw to Jackson Deep were defended by Culliver and Reid. Pierre Garcon is the one who over threw Jackson.

      • Skulb - Jul 13, 2015 at 4:59 AM

        Btw since CSN won`t let me post links while Mr Tandler will, here are my links demonstrating why the Redskins offensive line was average in 2014, contrary to what you have been repating for the last six months:

        ProFootballFocus 12/32 : https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/01/08/2014-pff-offensive-line-rankings/3/
        FootballOutsiders 19/32: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol

        And then the useless NFL ranking at 31/32, which only counts sacks, as if all sacks can be blamed on offensive lines: http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?archive=false&conference=null&role=TM&offensiveStatisticCategory=OFFENSIVE_LINE&defensiveStatisticCategory=null&season=2014&seasonType=REG&tabSeq=2&qualified=false&Submit=Go

        And I am not fibbing when I say that NFL had Washington at 17/32 before they developed this peculiar obsession with sacks. I insist that we ignore their sack ranking, because you can`t blame all the sacks on the line, and focus on the two other ones. One was provided by me and is high at 12 while the other was provided by you is about right at 19/32, even though you falsely claimed that this site agrees with NFLs pointless sack-count. If you want to discuss the obvious fact that the o-line was painfully average last year you can discuss it with Rich, who wrote an article about the issue not long ago. I swear I`m gonna have Redskins bumper stickers made saying “THE O-LINE IS AVERAGE” and sell them for cheaps to every gas station in Maryland and Virginia.

        • Rich Tandler - Jul 13, 2015 at 5:15 AM

          FYI, posts with multiple links do go into the spam folder. I do check that but not regularly so it’s best to limit posts to one link.

        • Skulb - Jul 13, 2015 at 6:39 AM

          OK I wasn`t aware of that. Will remember in future.

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 7:26 AM

          100% agree and I’ll buy a bumper sticker

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 7:49 AM

          I’d actually hold off on those signs though. Once these young bucks start manning the right side of the OL and Trent gets healthy you may need a bumper sticker saying this OL is awesome!

          HOGS 2.0!! ;)

        • Skulb - Jul 13, 2015 at 7:58 AM

          Well quite. It`s getting to be too late for my bumper sticker idea. I`m just getting slightly fatigued by this endless discussion with Tim about the performance of the line last year. Based on every available stat it was average. His only way to be able to blame the line for everything is to count sacks and pretend they`re all the fault of the linemen, when they very clearly were not.

          The real problems last season was firstly the blocking – It was just absolutely horrible at times – and too slow TPPs, particularly from Griffin. And both of those things spell sacks. Loads and loads of sacks. If Scherff can adjust to the NFL in his first season the bookends at least should be very strong for 2015. And if they can sustain the pocket a bit longer than last year even Griffin should be able to play behind them.

          I`m gonna wait with the Hogs 2.0 celebrations until I`ve seen them play personally. And what are the coaches gonna do about the blocking? If Alf & company keep blocking as poorly as they did last year the line isn`t gonna matter all that much because the enemy LBs are just gonna come around the edges where there`s (apparently) no blocking. We need a team effort here, in all three phases of the game.

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:15 AM

          I hear ya. Perhaps we should just ignore Tim’s comments on the subject. You, Bang and I have provided overwhelming evidence to prove our points that the sacks given up last year were more than just the OL’s fault. Sometimes people just don’t want to hear it and have stubbornly made their mind up w/o listening to reason. Oh well../

        • Skulb - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:06 AM

          PS: Oh and I`m actually still very excited to see what Moses can do. His rookie year wasn`t the best with an injury and his almost comical salt statue act the one time he did come out at RT. But the dude is enormous and as strong as an ox. Hopefully he can have a breakout year at RG, which might make the right side of the Skins line the envy of the NFL.

          Hope springs eternal!

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:17 AM

          Yeah, I’d like to see Moses play some G also. If Kuandijo can’t step up and beat out Lauvao in the next few seasons, perhaps Moses can. Having TWill & Moses on the left side is going to scare the crap out of defenses because of all that size.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jul 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM

          So we have Pro Football Focus ranking them at mid way worse at Run Blocking than Pass Blocking ranking out at mid way…. Im shocked by the fact that they rank the Pass Blocking better since it didn’t look that way. They also said Chester had a good year although everyone and their brother agree he had a bad year..ie.Mike Mayok said he was horrible.
          Football Outsiders doesn’t have them Ranked average. They have them Ranked19th in Run Blocking wich is below average and 31st in Pass Blocking… Overall that averages out to 26th Overall.
          The NFL has them Ranked straight up 31st

          So we have 19th, 26th, and 31st OverAll all of these are Bellow Average OverAll with Average being Ranked 16th.

          But what actually was the discussion on that article? It was Pass Blocking, Sacks and How many were caused by the Oline. 2 of these sites have the Pass Blocking Ranked 31st. You say the NFL Ranking is so low because of sacks. Sacks are a Pass Blocking stat so either way they are ranked 31st in Pass Blocking. The Fgotball Outsiders have the Pass Blocking Ranked 31st that’s pretty clear.

          I’ve also Posted INDIVIDUAL OLINE STATS. From the Washington Post( who cover the Redskins regularly) That have the Oline Responsible for 41 sacks You among others dismiss these stats and think as made up. Sorry but they are true I’m not a web designer. So since the Oline is Credited with 41 sacks that leaves 17 sacks caused by the RBs, TEs, and QBs. Tjis also points to how Bad the Oline was at Pass Blocking

          You among others Post Total Sacks and Total Sack Percentage. THESE ARE NOT QB STATS. THEY ARE TEAM PASS BLOCKING STATS. These stats include All of them on Offense that are blocking to prevent a sack.

          So in conclusion The OLINE IS BELOW AVERAGE OVERALL because every Ranking is below 16th.
          The PASS BLOCKING is 31st and 41 sacks are clearly blamed on the Oline

          Ive posted many stats that show how Bad the Oline is You among others have Posted just articles with peoples opinions with no Oline or Individual Oline stats to back it up. Nor have any of you posted anyrhing that Shows the Oline weren’t responsible for 41 of the 58 sacks. I have demonstrated that they clearly are.

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

          Tim, the stats don’t break down how many sacks “could have been” attributed to the qb holding onto the ball or long, not throwing the ball away and not having good pocket presence.

          I’ll say that Chester was not good last year but it’s definitkey true that the past two seasons he was wrongfully blamed for many sacks. He played about average. He certainly had bad plays where he looked atrocious, but that was not every play of the game. Redskins fans liked to ask like every play he was horrible and it just wasn’t true.

          Rg3’s patented move when he got rushed in the pocket his first three seasons was to fade back towards the right, even if the pressure was coming efrom the right side of the OL.

        • Skulb - Jul 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM

          You`re peculiarly inaccurate with everything. Stats must be wrong because of your subjective observation or because someone said otherwise. I refuse to operate at this level because then we might as well just not analyze football games. You claim to have dumped the blame for 41 sacks on the O-line. This does not mean that 41 sacks were the fault of the O-line.
          I have posted two of the most thorough stat analysis available. Stats by stat the Redskins are average, except your beloved sacks. And the sacks are very much the fault of RGIII because he held onto the ball for way too long on passing plays. i have repeated the numbers to prove this over and over again to you but you ignore them. Just for fun let me repeat them again:

          NFL average pocket collapse/time to pressure in 2014: 2,71 seconds.
          Redskins average pocket collapse/time to pressure 2,67 seconds.
          RGIII`s average time to pass: 2,97 seconds.
          Do you understand? He was on average 0,3 seconds slower than ANY NFL QB needs to be if he wants to avoid pressure and sacks. That`s why half these sacks occurred. Because of your beloved RGIII. And not the O-line, which was statistically average. A decent QB would have had no problems playing behind it.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM

          Also I’ve said MOST of the Sacks are on the Oline NOT ALL. 41 sacks attributed to the Oline is not All of them. 17 are on the RBs, TEs, and QBs. Thats about 75% on the Oline and 25% on the rest. Ive NEVER said RG3 didn’t havehis share of the blame. I just don’t put it ALL on him like you or even Half. I feel I have clearly pointed out that it was MOSTLY on the Oline.

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM

          No one is putting all the sacks on Griffin. Maybe you didn’t listen to Cooley beak down film every week, but I can assure you no stat you see anywhere online breaks down how many sacks “may” be contributed to the qb holding onto the ball to long or having poor pocket presence and rushing into

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM

          Defenders and in a way Griffin would sack himself with his fading to the RG & RT when he’s rushed and never stepping up in the pocket as the RG or RT pushes the dlineman past Griffith allowing Griffin to step up in the pocket and make a pass or run.

          Since Griffin had suck horrible pocket presence he was responsible for a good deal of the sacks while he was in the game and that stat isn’t tracked but, when Cooley broke down film of what happened on each sack of Griffin, he put a good deal of the blame on Griffin. He basically would split the blame between the OL, the TEs/ RBs & Griffin in my recollection of Cooleys break downs.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:26 AM

          This Oline has Caused 30+ sacks or more since before RG3 got here. So I doubt its him. In Fact Football Outsiders Breaks down who is at fault each year and I have already Posted 2013’s results previously and it showed that Zero were QB fault. Logic would tell you if the QB is responsible for Zero out of 30+ Sacks in 2013 with virtually the same Oline than the OLINE is More Than Likely Responsible for the Majority of the Sacks.

      • bangkokben - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:20 AM

        You’re ‘mis-remembering.’

        “At least this time Griffin threw the ball but overthrows Jackson for a 2nd time in the game. Probably another 7 points off the board.”

        From http://www.hogshaven.com/2014/11/20/7252427/hazards-huddle-robert-griffin-iii-vs-tampa-bay-buccaneers-2nd-half-redskins-nfl

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jul 13, 2015 at 11:29 AM

          Bang you are Right I miss Read your Comment I Posted The 49ers Game my bad.

  4. troylok - Jul 12, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    It all starts up front. If our pass rushers cannot put pressure on the QB, he’s going to wait until their ace receivers get open – and they will get open given enough time. Our secondary last year was not good but the lack of a pass rush made everyone think they were worse than they were. I wonder how Chris Culliver would have performed last year if he was playing behind Washington’s front seven. I only say this because the pressure is on Barry to come up with a scheme that gets to the QB – all of the time. The QB has to feel that pressure on every play. If they can do that, the secondary will not only shut down those top receivers; they will get a wagon load of picks.

    • Skulb - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      I think this is a little too general and it depends on the QB. The only way you`re getting sacks on Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees on most snaps is if all the guys on their line drop dead of heart attacks. And even then you probably won`t get there, because the ball will be out in -2 seconds every time no matter what. It`s just very hard to get significant pressure on them in time. Blitzing those guys is therefore an invitation to disaster in my view. What you need to do is drop back in coverage to frustrate the passing play and hope you either get to the QBs with pressure from the line or force a bad pass into coverage. And then you really do need the secondary to make the plays. Me I keep hoping Hall will be ready to play every game this season.

      • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:26 AM

        I agree, take the first Giants game from last season. A lot of people complained about the pass rush, but because Eli was throwing the ball within two seconds against our secondary which sucked so much, the pass rush had no chance to get home.

        The DBs need to make plans also, the DBs need to cover tightly and force coverage sacks. We only had a few coverage sacks last year which is pittiful. When the Redskins defense was at its height in 2004 & 2005 out pass rush wasn’t that great but our coverage was phenomenal! Wrs couldn’t get open against Springs, Smoot/Rogers/Harris, Clark and Taylor. Our secondary made it so hard for passing games to complete passes on their own and that’s why our defense was exceptional. It certainly wasn’t because we had a tremendous pass rush with Phillip Daniels & Renaldo Wynn as our DEs.

        If the Redskins can get back to having a top 10 secondary, their defense will be top 10 again and the sacks will not only come out of winning individual one on one match ups up front and blitzing but also because our coverage didn’t allow opposing receivers to get open.

        • Skulb - Jul 13, 2015 at 8:44 AM

          The only good coverage I can really remember from 2014 was away in Dallas. And that was more or less a stroke of luck with Breeland on an island back there. if he hadn`t been able to take control of his matchup there would have been no win in that game. And it was always a very risky plan. But they did that to facilitate a strong pass rush against Romo. But what might work against Romo does not work so well against the three-four best QBs. Alternating between strong coverage and occasional rushes has to be the best way to deal with them. Not that anything will make it easy of course.

        • abanig - Jul 13, 2015 at 9:21 AM

          I think we played more man to man in Dallas and we definitely had timely blitzes which threw off the rhythm of the Cowboys passing game.

          It was one of the few times I can remember where a game plan that Haz drew up for the defense was actually executed – for the most part – how he envisioned it and players did their jobs and didn’t blow assignments.

          Most of the mistakes from last year weren’t physical, they were mental mistakes made by Riley & the defensive backs in coverage. If that’s anyone’s fault coaching wise I think it was Raheem’s – more than Haz’s and definitely the players.

  5. kenlinkins - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    I agree with those who believe the biggest problem in 2014 was the defense. This is where the new GM has picked most of the low hanging fruit by replacing most of the D-Line and D-Backfield. While different doesn’t always mean better ( i.e. new NT, DE, OLB, CB, FS, SS, DC) with the 2014 defense being so bad that the odds of improvement are on the Redskins side ( easier to move up from 30th than from 14th). While the Redskins will face some very good WR’s, RB’s and QB’s in 2015, the Redskins should prove to be a bit harder to game plan for. This could lead to a few wins early in the season before the other teams really figure out just what & how they plan on playing defense. The preseason will be fun to watch as we see just how good some of the new Redskins are in “one on One’s” but I do not think we will see just what the new DC has in mind until opening day! Until then I am just going to enjoy the ride and hope the Redskins are on the path to winning again!

  6. Skulb - Jul 12, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    I`m personally more worried about Beckham than Jones. The way he caught balls last year reminded me a little of Chris Carter. Let`s hope with less cocaine.

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