We happily welcome the triumphant return of Covering the Redskins which, until recently, was surprisingly accurate in its news forecastery of Redskins related minutiae. Makes sense, given that Covering the Redskins is the blog of Bram Weinstein of the The Bram Weinstein Show (more on Bram here).
Well, he's back with an early look at the Redskins receiver situation that is characteristically filled with interesting tidbits on all our guys. First, though I had put the Keenan McCardell rumors behind me, Bram says not so fast:
We're set at #1 with Santana Moss, with the interesting WR battle being for the #2 spot. Bram picks Brandon Lloyd, though I'm not so convinced he wins it over Antwaan, especially given some of the more interesting anectodes provided that I had somehow missed last season. For example:
Covering the Redskins calls Lloyd's hands phenomenal, though perhaps covers bases by pointing out that he has a problem "keeping his head in the game". One way or another we have to account for why Lloyd, to date, has never caught 50% of the passes thrown his way, which is very low. I don't think Santana Moss has ever caught below 50%, for reference. I'll try and reconcile the facts with Bram's comments: Lloyd has shown phenomenal hands with a few acrobatic catches, rather it's the easy ones he drops, which could suggest a lack of focus in lieu of butterfingeritis. Please do not ask me if I believe that.
He's got ARE at #3, Thrash at #4, and McCardell (should he sign) and Mike Espy as favorites for #5, though it is "wide open". Remember also that a practice squad spot at wide receiver is a good way to see some field anyways, as injuries happen and you need 5 WRs on gameday.