By By JP Finlay
No Redskins receiver ranked in the top 40 of the NFL in yards-per-reception last year, and frankly outside of a few long runs from veteran Adrian Peterson, the Washington offense drastically lacked big plays.
The single player that was supposed to provide that true deep threat for Jay Gruden's team was Paul Richardson, but injuries significantly limited his first season in Washington. Richardson, a six-year pro out of Colorado, signed with the Redskins in 2018 as a free agent after starting his career with the Seahawks. In Seattle, he emerged as a big play target for Russell Wilson, highlighted by more than 700 yards and six touchdowns in 2017, when he averaged 16 yards-per-catch.
The Redskins need a down field threat like they did when DeSean Jackson roamed the sidelines for the Burgundy and Gold. Richardson isn't DeSean, nobody is, but both play a similar game.
Last season, Richardson hurt his shoulder in training camp and never fully improved. A knee injury later ended his year after just seven games. His stats were paltry, 20 catches for 262 yards with two touchdowns.
Still, Gruden believes in Richardson's...