Receiver Depth Tested Early
The Washington Redskins will be missing key pieces to their offense today.
As reported first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, both Wide Receiver Jamison Crowder and Running Back Chris Thompson will be out for the showdown against the Carolina Panthers.
Redskins’ WR Jamison Crowder, listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury, is not expected to play vs. the Panthers. So the Redskins expect to be down Chris Thompson and Crowder.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2018
What is worse is that according to the Sports Capitol’s Ben Standig, Paul Richardson will be a game-time decision.
Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) a game-time decision, per source. Already reports of Crowder and Thompson not expected to go for Redskins.
I reported midweek Doctson expected to play barring setback. Haven't heard anything different yet.
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 14, 2018
The Redskins will be without three of their top receiving contributors, if Richardson does not play, in an offense that looked horrific on Monday night.
Who could step up?
With the likelihood that all three players will be out, the Redskins will turn to Kapri Bibbs and Maurice Harris to help fill these roles. Bibbs made a good impression at the end of last year. Harris has been touted by Gruden as one of the best route running receivers on the Redskins. Jordan Reed should also see an uptick in targets after only seeing two the entire game against the Saints. Expect big games out of all three in order for the offense to succeed.
Other names that Redskins fans should be on the lookout for are Michael Floyd and Trey Quinn. Quinn has not seen that much action in the passing game this year. However, he is someone that can fill in the slot position easily. Michael Floyd is the most recent addition to the Redskins receiver group. With his experience playing the outside, Floyd can help open the middle of the field for Reed. Head coach Jay Gruden has had nothing but great things to say about Floyd’s integration into the Redskins offense.
The Washington Redskins (-1) are hosting the Carolina Panthers at 1:00 PM and can be seen locally on FOX or heard on The Team 980 or The Team 980 App.