By John KeimESPN Staff Writer
The Washington Redskins have made it clear: They want more help at receiver. And they’d like that person to have some speed – and, if not, they’d better be able to help in multiple ways.
The question will be whether they can sign that person in free agency. That would be the more expensive route, but the draft isn’t considered deep at receiver. Also, it would be good for them to sign a proven veteran opposite still-developing Josh Doctson. They also return slot receiver Jamison Crowder.
“There’s probably a consensus that we need more juice, maybe more speed to take the top off from time to time,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “Losing DeSean [Jackson] last year had a little impact, but not as much as people probably want to think. I like all-purpose guys. I like guys who can do multiple things. You have to play multiple positions in this offense. You have to block safeties from time to time. You’re not going to be able to run deep all the time.”
The Redskins would like to re-sign receiver Ryan Grant, but worry that receiver Robert Woods’ contract last season will make it difficult. Woods, a possession receiver, signed a five year, $34 million deal with $15 million guaranteed. But he also had 203 career receptions before hitting free agency. Grant has 84 career catches, though he’s coming off his best season, with 45 catches and four...