Why Washington Redskins Recievers Will Thrive in 2010

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Why Washington Redskins Recievers Will Thrive in 2010
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Throughout his career, Donovan McNabb has never had his pick of great receivers in the league.

For a few years, McNabb had to deal with likes of Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, Freddie Mitchell, Hank Baskett, and Reggie Brown, but yet, he still was able to throw for 3,000 yards six times in his career.

Had McNabb been healthy, it wouldn't be a surprise if he had thrown for 3,000 yards his whole career.

Now, just stop and think for a minute—how do you think McNabb would have done with a great receiving corps his entire career?

The answer is, great.

Last year, McNabb finally had a respectable bunch of receivers on his sides with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

In the two seasons that Jackson played with McNabb, McNabb threw for over 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns. 

DeSean Jackson offered McNabb that consistent downfield threat that he never had in the past. Jackson had game-breaking speed and quickness which brought a whole new dimension to the Eagles offense.

In his first two years in the league, Jackson has amassed 2,079 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is now considered one the more elite receivers in the league.

Now, Redskins fans, imagine if Santana Moss or Devin Thomas were that downfield threat for McNabb like Jackson was for the past two years.

Scary, right?

As McNabb comes to the Redskins, he has the advantage of a very athletic group of receivers in Santana Moss, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Chris Cooley, and Fred Davis.

Santana Moss has the potential to be the downfield threat that DeSean Jackson was in Philadelphia.

He has the combination of game-breaking speed, and an eye for getting open down field that will give McNabb a deep threat.

Don't forget that Moss had his best season in 2005 with the Redskins, when he caught for 1,483 yards and eight touchdowns with Mark Brunell at his side.

Certainly, Mark Brunell wasn't the best of quarterbacks, but in 2005, the Redskins threw the ball downfield—something that McNabb loves to do.

Now aside from Moss, the Redskins have two unproven receivers in Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.

McNabb will be key in the development for both wideouts, but Devin Thomas—6'2" with 4.3 speed—will thrive with McNabb throwing the ball.

The combination of Thomas and Moss remind me of the Jackson and Maclin tandem McNabb had in Philadelphia. They will have a chance to be just as good or even better than the tandem in Philly.

The wild card in this group of receivers is Malcolm Kelly.

Kelly showed flashes last year with his five receptions and an 109-yard game against San Diego, but he and Thomas must learn to be more consistent.

McNabb has a two-headed monster in Pro Bowl TE Chris Cooley and the developing Fred Davis. McNabb has been known for loving the tight end position, as he had success with LJ Smith and Chad Lewis. 

It will be interesting to see how the Redskins and McNabb will utilize both Cooley and Davis. Cooley is coming off an ankle injury and Davis is coming off the best season in his young career.

It has been rumored that the Redskins may trade one of their tight ends—Cooley or Davis—but even if neither them do get traded, McNabb already has four great receiving targets.

Look for the Donovan McNabb to have another 3,500 yard season with this receiving corps next year because this group may be the most talented that he's ever had.

 

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