There are a lot of mouths to feed in Washington, so how exactly will this 27-year old fit in alongside, Reed, Doctson and Crowder?As far as historical standards go, Terrelle Pryor is a complete outlier. At 27-years-old, Pryor played his first full pro season as a wide receiver after playing quarterback for his entire career. It’s safe to say it worked out. Pryor posted a 77/1007/4 season essentially as a 27-year-old rookie wideout in Cleveland and has now been rewarded with another shot to continue to do the unpredictable in Washington.

After the Redskins lost DeSean Jackson to the Buccaneers and Pierre Garçon to the 49ers in free agency, they decided to bring in Pryor on a one-year, incentive-laden “prove-it” deal. Washington is about as dysfunctional as a front office can possibly get in the NFL, but signing Pryor gives the Redskins a ton of upside to fill the massive void in their offense.

With the loss of both Jackson and Garçon, the Skins’ voided 35% of their team share of targets and 32% of their red-zone targets from the 2016 season. Jackson and Garçon combined for 214 targets last season and accounted for 46% of Kirk Cousins’ passing yards. While Pryor does have massive open opportunity, there are a few minor hurdles to jump.

First and foremost, we have to account for Josh Doctson’s potential emergence in his second-pro season. He saw just six targets in 2016 and wasn’t ever healthy, but Doctson will undoubtedly be a trendy pick in fantasy football if he continues to progress from his Achilles’ injury. Jamison Crowder also projects to see a nice little bump with Garçon and Jackson out of the picture, too. In 2015 and 2016, Crowder averaged 5.1 targets/game (24 contests) when DeSean Jackson played and 6.8 targets/game (8 contests) when Jackson missed.

However, Washington’s ball distribution is most important. Similarly to New Orleans and Drew Brees, Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins spreads the ball around unequivocally. Over the past two seasons, only Jordan Reed and Pierre Garçon have seen at least 20% of team targets from Kirk Cousins:

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Pierre Garçon

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