It’s a different kind of group, one that lacks an outside burner such as Jackson. He was the NFL’s most dangerous deep threat, but he also was considered limited as a route-runner. Still, he was a weapon who could change games with one play. It’ll be tough to duplicate that, but size has been hard for the Redskins to find as well. Jabar Gaffney in 2011 was their last leading receiver who was at least 6-foot-2. Rod Gardner was another at that height who was a primary target, from 2001-04. And their last leading receiver who was 6-foot-3: Michael Westbrook in 2001.
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At 185 pounds, he walked on at Temple as a safety, bulked up and finished as a two-year starter. Reddick played defensive end and dominated in many games, recording 10.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss. But he doesn’t have the bulk to compete on the edge in the NFL so he will be either an outside linebacker in a 4-3 or an inside backer in a 3-4. The Redskins would have him on the inside in base defense and could have him roam when the go to a four-man line.
It should be noted that Jamison Crowder is the favorite to end up as the team’s leading receiver and he measures 5-9. So it won’t be all about the big guys but having so many tall targets will help Kirk Cousins in the red zone, where the team struggled last year.