The Redskins Need To Throw The Ball Deeper In 2013

12:59 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- As fantastic as the 2012 Redskins offense was, Robert Griffin III didn't take as many deep chances down the field as he should have. Griffin ranked 20th in the NFL in completions that were 40-yards or more. The only playoff quarterbacks with less deep completions were Christian Ponder and Colin Kaepernick -- who started just seven games. The three games in which deep passes were completed (at St. Louis, Philadelphia and at Dallas) all resulted in wins. 

The Redskins stable of receivers each have their defined role. Pierre Garcon is the yards after catch tazmanian devil. Santana Moss is the clutch veteran who always delivers on third-down and seven. Josh Morgan is reliable as a possession receiver and an exemplary route runner, but he isn't known for getting separation deep. Aldrick Robinson by himself isn't a talented enough deep threat for the Redskins offense to become as a lethal as the Greatest Show on Turf or the New Orleans Saints once were.

Enter newly added Redskins receiver Devery Henderson, who is as hungry as he's been in his entire career. Part of it has to do with change. Henderson is living outside of the state of Louisiana for the first time in his entire life. He grew up in Opelousas, played four years of college ball at LSU and played all eight seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints.

"I'm taking it for what it is, it's a new situation. I'm excited. I'm just trying to make this club," Henderson said Thursday after his first walk through as a Redskin. "This is all new to me. I'm treating this like I'm a rookie."

Henderson literally is acting like a rookie. Throughout the first practice he was consulting with the coaching staff more than any other offensive player. He was introducing himself to fans and media members. The Redskins should note his enthusiasm because he just might be the guy they need.

Guess who is the NFL's active leader in yards per reception? Devery Henderson. His 17.9 yards per catch rank above big time playmakers DeSean Jackson, Mike Wallace and Victor Cruz. Henderson was often used as a decoy in the Saints offense and became a customary staple of New Orleans' passing attack.

A roster spot could very well come down between Devery Henderson and Leonard Hankerson. If I had to choose today, I'd pick a proven veteran with a track record of shining in an elite offense. Henderson's big play ability cannot be ignored. 

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