LANDOVER, Maryland -- The Washington Redskins want to get wide receiver Jamison Crowder more involved -- and that means less time for Andre Roberts. Sunday, it means no time, as the Redskins placed Roberts on their inactive list for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Redskins also made corner Chris Culliver active, after he tested his knee during pre-game warmups. That's good news for Washington, which could not afford to lose another secondary member. The Redskins are already without corner DeAngelo Hall, who is out for three to four weeks with a sprained toe. Quarterbacks have completed 53.8 percent of their throws to Culliver's side compared to 81.8 percent to the other side. Bashaud Breeland will start on the left side, with Kyshoen Jarrett and Will Blackmon likely handling duties in the slot, depending on the situation.
Culliver had injured his knee in practice Wednesday and did not work Thursday or Friday.
As for Roberts, the Redskins have said Crowder will get more opportunities, and one coach said late in the week he would start playing more. They like his ability to create separation and feel he does that best along with tight end Jordan Reed among their active players. With DeSean Jackson also inactive, it's important to have receivers with that skill.
Roberts has not produced in his one-plus years in Washington. He's been targeted 79 times with 41 receptions. But he dropped two passes against the Giants last week (after dropping five last season). The drops have been an issue throughout his career. Here's a section from a post I wrote last week on Roberts' drops:
In 2012, he averaged one drop every 13.5 targets; the next season it was one every 25 passes and last year it was one every 14.2. By comparison, Pierre Garcon’s last three seasons look like this: one drop every 16.8 passes; one every 29.3 and, last year, he didn’t drop anything.
The Redskins' other inactives for Sunday's game against the Eagles are: Hall, Jackson, quarterback Robert Griffin III, linebacker Perry Riley Jr., defensive end Kedric Golston (who is dealing with a hand injury) and tackle Tom Compton.