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With Durability Already In Question, How Do We Size Up Depth At Receiver for the Redskins?

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Analyzing how the Washington Redskins wide receiver position battle has shaped up to this point

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One of the biggest questions for the Redskins offense this preseason is not whether they have receivers who can catch the ball, but rather if they have the depth needed at the position to compete for a full 16 games. The Redskins starters have seen very little time through two games, just a single series as a unit thus far. The health of both Jamison Crowder and Maurice Harris (who may have earned a spot on the roster) are being monitored, while Paul Richardson and Josh Doctson naturally have been limited in reps during the pre-season.

That leaves rookies Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, and Simmie Cobbs Jr with significant playing time. With Robert Davis lost for the year with a leg injury, that opens a lane for someone who may not have initially been viewed as a roster lock. So beyond Crowder, Doctson, Harris, and Richardson, where does the depth chart stand to this point?

5th WR – Cam Sims. Sims has been a preseason hype train to this point, but honestly, can you blame him? Sims has worked hard in training camp and stood out in games. He has a playmaker mentality that works to his advantage compared to other younger players on the roster. He has used his size to his advantage on numerous occasions, and his touchdown pass that was called back in the second quarter against the Jets was the best example of that. Now, it is fair to say fans may be overvaluing his abilities, but to this point, the UDFA out of Alabama has shown he is capable of playing in this league.

6th WR- Brian Quick. Now not many people liked this answer from me over the past couple of days, but here is the question I ask you: If the Redskins are keeping six receivers on their final roster, who would you keep? To answer this question, it comes down to preference. Would you prefer the unproven rookie (Trey Quinn), who has been inconsistent in live action and has not clearly outperformed any of his competition to this point? Alternatively, would you like to take a veteran wide receiver to fill out your depth chart, who knows his role and can be a spot for any receiver during a given point in a game? Whether you agree with me or not in preference, that still is your answer. I take the veteran.

7th WR- Trey Quinn. At the seventh spot on the depth chart, it is likely that he is a potential candidate for the practice squad. Quinn was selected in the 2018 draft to be a serviceable slot receiver and potentially a special teams weapon. To this point, Quinn has not played poorly, but he has not impressed to the point where he has convinced coaches he is one of the best of the bunch. Quinn can use his time on the practice squad to continue to fine-tune his skills as a receiver and become more of a decisive route runner and stronger pass-catcher.

Any other players beyond the seventh spot on the depth chart are likely not being kept on by the Redskins in any capacity in my opinion. With that being said, let’s hear it! What is your take on the receiver depth chart to this point?