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Antonio Gandy-Golden: Washington wide receiver Breakdown

  • Antonio Gandy-Golden
  • Dwayne Haskins
  • Kelvin Harmon
  • Steven Sims Jr
  • Terrell owens
  • Terry McLaurin
  • washington football team
  • Washington Redskins
By David Opperman August 4, 2020 0 Comment

Washington’s Antonio Gandy-Golden has golden opportunity ahead. Antonio Gandy-Golden profiles a capable receiver opposite McLaurin but very raw

This wide receiver group, led by standout rookie Terry McLaurin, offers various levels of optimism and concern. Both Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims are easily locked in as you can read their breakdown here. With the injury to the promising Kelvin Harmon, this group could have an answer in rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden. While he comes from a small school in Liberty University and separation is a concern, Antonio Gandy-Golden brings upside.

Pros and Cons

Antonio Gandy-Golden brings an impressive 6’4″ and 220-pound frame plus above-average hand size and arm length. His catch radius and body positioning produce a high success rate in contested balls. As a result, that makes AGG a viable red-zone threat. He plays well against press coverage and keeps a strong balanced frame through his route. A good run blocker, AGG certainly utilizes his body size well and is not afraid to lower his shoulders.

One of AGG’s biggest concerns was the lack of separation and overall route running needed improvement. He is sloppy out of his breaks rounding off routes and can be off scheduled too often. The forty times was underwhelming at the combine and his pro-day plus his 3-cone drill time was below average. You can read more from Lance Zierlein’s scouting report as he notes AGG vast improvement from 2018 into the 2019 season.

Crazy Comparison?

Entering training camp the Washington Brawl podcast had guest Adam Aniba (The Burgundy and Gold Report) who brought up an interesting comparison for AGG. On the show, he brought up a receiver of similar profile. A man who came out of a small school in Tennessee-Chattanooga by the name of Terrell Ownes. Before you shrug off this comparison and close out of this article just follow me for a minute.

Coming out of college, Terrell Owens was a bit more polished as a route runner and a quicker shuttle time showing more agility out of his breaks. He did not create great separation off the line but had a quick burst after the catch like AGG. Generating good run after the catch yards, Terrell was an excellent intermediate threat in the passing game. AGG showed those same traits at Liberty. While the forty times are subjective at the combine, both Terrell and AGG were nearly identical. Both wide receivers utilized their body size well and are difficult to bring down with the first contact.

Owens was a Hall of Fame player in the NFL. While the similarities between Owens and AGG are undeniable, that does not automatically make AGG an Owens clone. There is plenty of work for this raw talent ahead and expecting top production week one obviously should be tempered. Now looking forward, provided AGG dedicates to his craft, you can realistically expect good production opposite McLaurin. As the Owens comparison is probably too lofty of an expectation, AGG has a golden opportunity ahead.

Dontrelle Inman Signed

Recently signed Dontrelle Inman adds size and veteran leadership after Cody Latimore being placed on the commissioner exempt list. He is a well-traveled vet. His career includes a stint in the CFL, gives a much valued experienced body in the receiver room. His most productive season came in 2016 for the Chargers hauling in 58 receptions off 97 targets and four touchdowns. As he doesn’t possess great top-end speed, Inman is a sound route runner who plays physical in his routes. As a result, he should add a reliable target for Dwayne Haskins especially on third down and the red zone.

Final Thoughts

Heading into this season, Kelvin Harmon was a lot of fans and media focus. However, the glaring issue of this core was certainly experience which took a bigger hit after Harmon’s torn ACL and Latimer’s legal issues. After a strange and shortened off-season, AGG enters the potential starting role behind the curve for sure. He has been regarded as a hard worker. If the reports are true, combined with his high football IQ, we could see a quick progression throughout the season. While adding Inman could add competition for AGG, the talent and upside in AGG could prove to much for Inman.

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