By Adam Aniba
Washington looks to have one of the most promising receiving groups in the league this season. Fourth year receiver Terry McLaurin is coming off his third street 1,000+ yard receiving season (919 yds '19) and Jahan Dotson led the team as a rookie last season with 7 touchdowns in only 12 games played.
They also boast impressive depth with gadget option Curtis Samuel, who was also used in he run game and potential rookie WR/KR Kazmeir Allen (Scouting Report).
One of the forgotten men prior to camp kicking off was Dyami Brown, but Sam Howell's former UNC teammate has shined during training camp.
During this weeks post practice presser, Ron Rivera showed his excitement when asked about Brown's ability as a deep ball threat.
“One thing he (Brown) was known for coming out of North Carolina was catching the ball in traffic and led the NCAA in contested catches. Also one of the top guys for deep balls.”
Although Brown was drafted in the 3rd round, the Biletnikoff award semifinalist registered 2019 & 2020 (55 rec 1099 yds 8 TDs) 1K receiving seasons
Per Per Pro Football Focus, in 2019 Brown tied for #1 among all FBS receivers on go routes with 15 receptions for 8 touchdowns (ranked #1 w/ 606 yds).
Although Brown had limited opportunities, his 2 touchdown performance in week #5 vs the Titans last season displayed the type of deep ball threat he can be.
New OC Eric Bieniemy brings much needed innovation and the ability to draw up big plays for the Commanders. McLaurin and Dotson will be the focus of opposing defenses, which should lead to more opportunities for Howell to connect with his favorite Tar Heel receiver.
Brown impressed scouts during the draft evaluation process with his ability to create seperation, but he has the ability to be much more than just a go-route option.
As Howell goes through the maturation process, having Brown on the field could lead to a breakout season for the 2021 day 3 draft picks.