Redskins “Skill” Positions Use the Term Lightly

mrice | Players | 08 27th, 2010  |  Comments Off

Despite the addition of Donovan McNabb, in order for this Redskins squad to make any progress in Mike Shanahan’s first year, the team is going to need major impact seasons from its so-called skill positions. As it’s been chronicled, with a combined 24 seasons of NFL service, it’s fair to assume there’s a general sense of what to expect from the running back committee. Even if the Wild Hogs (in reference to the motorcycle movie where Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy try to recapture their youth) actually put up serviceable numbers in the backfield, it is fairly certain there will be no breakout seasons coming from the collective bunch of old-timers. In order for the Skins to take a major step, the offense will likely have to turn to its other set of skill players, the receiving corps, which in recent seasons has looked less than skilled. Santana Moss is entrenched as a starter, but the job opposite Moss is still up for grabs.Currently, the Redskins depth chart suggests second year player Anthony Armstrong, a second year player out of West Texas A&M will serve as the teams’ 2 receiver, however few fans believe this is likely to hold true throughout the season. Not to say Armstrong hasn’t earned the position thus far this off-season, he simply doesn’t have the same pedigree as some of the other receivers on the roster. Best case scenario would see Devin Thomas, a third year receiver and former first round pick out of Michigan State, finally emerge as an impact player. He showed flashes of potential in Preseason Week 1 against Buffalo, hauling in 3 catches for 61 yards and a score, though was held to just 14 yards a week later against the Ravens. Longtime veteran Joey Galloway is on the roster, however, few outside of Coach Shanahan expect him to make any on-field contribution. Malcolm Kelly also enters his third NFL season. The former Oklahoma Sooner has been dogged by injury so far this year, but if healthy, his 6’4” frame could provide a sizable red zone target, compared to the Redskins shorter receiving options.

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