- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2018

ASHBURN — The Redskins made changes to their wide receiving core Monday, signing free agents Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman, according to multiple reports.

Perriman and Floyd are both former first-round draft picks who have yet to make a significant mark in the NFL. But the Redskins weren’t satisfied with their depth after rookies Trey Quinn and Cam Sims suffered season-ending ankle injuries in Week 1.

Both players were at the team’s facility Monday for a workout.

In a corresponding move, the Redskins waived wideout Jehu Chesson, who was promoted last week from the practice squad.

Drafted 26th overall in 2015, Perriman was highly inconsistent with the Baltimore Ravens. The 25-year-old struggled to translate his blazing speed into production. After missing the 2015 season with a knee injury, Perriman caught just 33 catches for 499 yards in 2016.

Last season, Perriman disappeared almost entirely from the Ravens’ offense. He finished the year with 10 receptions for 77 yards in 11 games.

The Ravens cut Perriman in September. 

Floyd, meanwhile, has bounced around the league since spending five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The 2012 first-rounder, who was selected 13th overall, was productive in his first few years — finishing with more than 1,000 yards in 2013 — but was plagued with off the field issues.

In December 2016, Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel — later pleading guilty to an “extreme DUI.” The arrest led the Cardinals to release him and he then signed with the New England Patriots to end the season, appearing in just two games.

The following offseason, Floyd signed with the Minnesota Vikings and was suspended the first four games of the year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He reportedly violated the terms of his DUI conviction, testing positive for alcohol while under house arrest. Floyd, who served one day in jail, later claimed the result was due to drinking Kombucha.

Floyd was also cited for a DUI in 2011 when he was a student-athlete at Notre Dame.

The 27-year-old wideout finished 2017 with 10 receptions for 78 yards.

Washington will have to make another roster move before officially adding the two. Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that Rob Kelley could be placed on injured reserve after the running back suffered a toe injury against the Indianapolis Colts. Kelley, Gruden said, could miss at least a month.

The Redskins’ wide receivers have had a quiet start to 2018. Through two games, the group has caught 18 passes for 173 yards and are without a touchdown.

In Sunday’s 21-9 loss to the Colts, the Redskins, in particular, struggled to move the ball down field. The offense failed to find the end zone.

The news came after the Redskins were reportedly in the hunt to trade for Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Browns traded the troubled wideout to the New England Patriots instead. 

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