Washington Redskins: Miles Austin

Resetting the roster: Receiver

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Nine days into free agency, here's how the Redskins stand at receiver:

On the roster: Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, Nick Williams, Josh Bellamy, David Gettis.

Added in free agency: Andre Roberts.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsThe Redskins are looking for more depth at receiver to complement Pierre Garcon.
Lost in free agency: None.

Still unsigned: Josh Morgan. He was never going to return. He can blame former coach Mike Shanahan all he wants, but his production did not match his contract nor did it warrant another look.

In talks with: Kenny Britt visited earlier this week, but no deal was signed (obviously). It did not sound as if there was strong concern about either his knee or (multiple) off-field mishaps (read: arrests). Britt is talented, but he also hasn’t been too productive. His career-best reception total is 45, set in 2012. But he does have a career average of 15.6 yards per catch. If they sign him, just keep in mind the words Joe Gibbs used to say quite a bit when people would say he could change a particular player: “He’s been this way his whole life, what makes you think I can change him?” If they do sign him, it shouldn’t be anything more than a one-year prove-it deal.

Still on the market: Santonio Holmes, Danario Alexander, Miles Austin, Nate Burleson and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Not a lot to pick from as Holmes has struggled to stay healthy and Alexander is coming off an ACL injury that sidelined him last season and required a second operation in January. Austin always suffers from some nagging injury while Heyward-Bey remains a guy who can run fast, but isn’t too productive. Burleson would add depth, but that’s about all.

What does it mean thus far: The Redskins wanted to get a little bigger at receiver, though Roberts isn’t exactly a big wideout. But one reason they targeted him and not Andrew Hawkins was because he's 5-foot-11, or four inches taller. Plus, Roberts has the ability to play inside or out and that will give Washington more flexibility than if it had signed Hawkins. Not sure that Roberts is a dynamic receiver, but he is a guy who should help in multiple spots and add more toughness to go with Garcon. But the fact that they are looking at Britt suggests they’d still like to add more size. At 6-3, he clearly provides what they would want. They could always wait for the draft, which is deep at receiver. Regardless, they need depth at this position and they also need someone here who could help on special teams. Roberts has served as a returner, but has pedestrian numbers: 22.4- yard career kickoff return average; 6.9-yard career punt return average.

I would definitely want to add another player to this group, just because they lacked depth last season and have too many players who are: old, injured or have never proven they can be productive for a whole season. Hankerson would help because of his versatility and ability to play in the slot, but the knee will sideline him possibly until mid-August. He's also never shown he can be a durable, productive target over the long haul. Moss is not a lock to make the roster: size and age could work against him. But his professionalism is always welcomed. Robinson finished strong, but not to the point he should be in anyone’s top three. Gettis was once a promising young receiver until he tore his ACL in 2011. Now it’s been a long time since he was a promising young receiver. Williams was fun to watch during one-on-one drills last summer.

Washington Redskins injury report

October, 11, 2013
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ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen is listed as questionable because of his sprained left knee, which he suffered in the win over Oakland two weeks ago. Paulsen was limited in practice for a third straight day.

If he can’t play, the Redskins would still be OK at tight end with Fred Davis, rookie Jordan Reed and Niles Paul. But Paulsen is the Redskins’ best run-blocker at tight end. They like to have a balanced look at tight end, with Paulsen and a pass-catcher in Reed or Davis. It enables them to sell play-action passes better.

Meanwhile, rookie linebacker Brandon Jenkins (ankle) is questionable. Nose tackle Chris Neild (calf) is doubtful.

For Dallas, running back Lance Dunbar (hamstring) and defensive end Edgar Jones (groin) are out. Linebacker Justin Durant (groin) is questionable after being limited in practice Friday. The good news for Dallas is that receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) is probable, as is defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (neck).

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