It was supposed to be a plug-and-play transition. Terrelle Pryor, Sr. and Josh Doctson would replace departing free agent receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson as the Washington Redskins playmakers.
One fourth into the season, that hope has turned into a myth.
Pryor and Doctson each have one sensational long touchdown and that’s about it. Doctson has once more been slowed by injuries and dropped the potential game-winning touchdown in Washington-s 29-20 loss to Kansas City on Monday. Pryor can’t catch anything inside the hash marks and is a 50/50 target.
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It’s time to admit losing Garcon and Jackson was a mistake. Sure, both drew outrageous free agency offers after catching more than 1,000 yards last season. Financially, the Redskins made the right move going with younger players.
But the Redskins might be 4-0 instead of 2-2 had Jackson and Garcon remained. Jackson would have scored on the season’s first deep ball that might have reversed the loss to Philadelphia. Instead, Pryor completely lost track of the ball. Doctson couldn’t hold on to a difficult end zone catch against Kansas City despite being drafted in the 2016 first round for exactly that type of play. Garcon rarely dropped passes.
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It wasn’t easy to say goodbye to Jackson and Garcon, but the Redskins figured the next generation would replace them. While Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder each have 14 catches and have done respectable jobs, Pryor is a disappointment at 13 receptions while Doctson only has three.
Sure, Pryor’s 44-yard touchdown against the Chiefs was an outstanding play, but drops plague his production. His second-quarter drop on third down opened the gate to Kansas City, which scored on its next possession to close within 10-7. The momentum shifted on that play. The Redskins would later regain it, but Pryor isn’t making the impact expected. Then again, maybe that’s why Washington opted for a one-year deal.
The Redskins keep giving Doctson chances to be the hero. Cousins could have gone to Reed instead for the late score. It would have been a difficult catch for Doctson, but once the ball is in your hands, there are no excuses. Unfortunately, that’s what his career has been so far.
The Redskins made a difficult, but understandable decision not to keep Garcon and Jackson. Too bad it keeps tormenting them.
Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks.