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Robert Griffin III Gelling with New Washington Redskins Receivers

May 30th, 2014 at 2:55 PM
By Marty Simpkins

During the offseason, the Washington Redskins acquired some new weapons for quarterback Robert Griffin III to use at his disposal. The Redskins resigned veteran Santana Moss, signed Andre Roberts and DeSean Jackson in free agency and drafted Ryan Grant. Not only that, but tight end Jordan Reed is returning from a concussion injury and a great rookie season last year and Logan Paulsen has emerged as a top target as well. 

'Robert Griffin III' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

With all of these new additions to the offense, RG3 should easily rebound from last season's poor performance. The biggest acquisition for the Redskins was signing DeSean Jackson on April 2. Jackson is coming off his career-best season with the Philadelphia Eagles and can also be a great punt returner for the Redskins, a need they have searched for in recent years. As for the chemistry between the two dynamic play makers, both agree that it is a work in progress.

"It's there," Griffin said about the chemistry. "He's been here the majority of the offseason program. I know there was a big splash because he wasn't here at the beginning but he's been here since then. He's so talented and has a wide catch radius. He can jell anywhere he goes." Credit: ESPN.com

With Jackson averaging 17.2 yards per catch in his career, Griffin has a target that can stretch the defense. Jackson expressed his view on the chemistry between him and his new quarterback.

"Our chemistry right now is a work in progress," said Jackson. "The more we get out there and keep working and staying after practice and running routes and getting our timing down, I think sooner or later we'll be in great shape."

Jackson did sit out of yesterday's practice with a left hamstring injury, but he says that it is nothing to worry about.

"Just a little tight," Jackson said. "It's all right. Not too bad. Not no big issue." Credit: The Washington Post

Last season, Pierre Garcon was asked to do everything for the Redskins. He led the NFL with 113 receptions and had a career-high 1,346 yards. Now he is also paired up with Jackson and Roberts. They have one of the best receiving corps assembled with size (Reed), speed (Jackson), explosiveness (Garcon) and quickness (Roberts). 

According to Bleacher Report, with Jackson, Garcon and Roberts combined, they ranked fourth among other team's top three receivers last season in total yards with 3,149 and receptions with 238. If these players can get their timing down with Griffin, this could be one of the best receiving corps the Redskins have had in recent years. All if takes now is practice during the offseason and with Organized Team Activities done, minicamp is up next and then training camp starts on July 24. 

Tags: Andre Roberts, DeSean Jackson, Football, Jordan Reed, NFL, Pierre Garcon, Robert Griffin III, Washington, Washington Redskins

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