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The Redskins new-look receiving corps: quick analysis

If anyone not associated with the Redskins organization had any idea that Donte Stallworth or Jabar Gaffney would call themselves Redskins before the close of business today, please email me; I have some questions about lottery numbers that I simply must ask you.

All joking aside, Gaffney and Stallworth now join Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankers, Niles Paul, Aldrick Robinson, Terrance Austin, Brandon Banks, and Malcolm Kelly in a very crowded receiving corps.

Now, a lot’s been made about signing Stallworth, especially given his lack of production over the last two seasons, and his recent legal troubles stemming from his conviction for vehicular manslaughter. But as I pointed out earlier, the Stallworth signing is as low-risk a proposition as you can get. If Stallworth has anything left in the tank, the Redskins are getting someone who can stretch the defense vertically with the best of them. And if there really is nothing left, Stallworth will be nothing more than training camp fodder (like Roydell Williams last year).

Regardless, the bigger problem is all of this is: even with this somewhat-revamped receiving corps, there’s no true #1 go-to guy among the bunch. Moss, as much as I love his game, is not a #1 receiver at this point in his career. Gaffney is a #2 at best, and probably enjoyed a great season last year because of Brandon Lloyd’s monster season opposite him in Denver. Armstrong is another guy who’s best suited as a #2 receiver & vertical threat. Hankerson has a lot of potential, but he doesn’t have that game-breaking explosiveness required from a #1 receiver with his size. Guys like Austin and the rookies are still very raw, Banks is just too small and inconsistent, and the only thing the Redskins can really count on Malcolm Kelly for is getting injured & missing time.

The scuttlebutt is that the Redskins are taking a long look at Sidney Rice of Minnesota and Braylon Edwards of the Jets. I’ve made my position clear that I want nothing to do with Edwards coming to the Redskins. He’s moody, inconsistent, and routinely among the tops in the league in dropped passes. That’s just not the type of guy I want this organization to pay big money to.

I’d be quite fine with Sidney Rice coming to Washington, but I think it’s going to take a Brinks truck filled with money to get him. I’m willing to bet Minnesota will do their very best to keep him, especially since it looks like they’ll have some guy named McNabb under center next season. And while you can never count out the Redskins when it comes to Free Agency, you have to admit that, under the Shanahan & Allen regime, they’ve largely stayed away from the big-name splashy signings.

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