The Redskins certainly looked to upgrade the wide receiver position this offseason, using three draft picks on receivers and adding veteran Donte Stallworth in free agency and trading for Denver Broncos receiver Jabar Gaffney.
Gaffney, a nine-year veteran, likely will be given a shot at a starting job opposite Santana Moss. The 6-2, 200-pound receiver set career highs in receptions last season with 65 catches for 875 yards in Denver, and the veteran said he was surprised to learn that he had been traded to Washington.
In fact, after being pulled aside and told of the trade by Broncos Coach John Fox while on his way to take a conditioning test, Gaffney left the meeting and completed his test before heading home to pack for the trip to D.C.
So far, Gaffney’s time in Washington has been a whirlwind, he said.
“Got to shop for houses, get my car, learn the plays,” Gaffney said. “So starting over. But it’s going to be fine.”
Gaffney played at Florida with quarterback Rex Grossman, who is expected to rejoin the Redskins roster soon, and said he looked forward to getting a chance to play with his former college teammate again. “Hopefully we can get that spark going again here,” he said.
Early in camp, though, the focus hasn’t been as much on who is throwing him the ball as it has been on learning the offense and the style of his coaches.
“Their plays, they got some great plays,” Gaffney said of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. “A receiver can really do great in this offense. Got to learn where to lineup and learn the plays and after that you can go out there and have fun. So I’m excited about learning the plays and letting me go to work.”