"I do like to have bigger receivers in the red zone here and there to be able to throw some fades, too. What the heck, you know, I love the fade," Gruden said, via The Washington Post. "You can throw the back-shoulder fade. You can throw it over the top. They can go up and get seam-balls."
Some coaches love the fade as a safe throw in the red zone with a smaller chance of getting intercepted. Most fans hate the low-percentage toss that takes the combination of a big-bodied receiver who knows how to use his frame and a spot-throw by the quarterback.
Regardless of what you think about the fade, Gruden's larger point is pertinent: The Redskins struggled in the red zone last season.
Washington finished 29th in touchdowns per red-zone trip in 2016, per Football Outsiders' metrics. Quarterback Kirk Cousins finished the season with a 45.78 completion percentage inside the 20-yard line -- 22nd in the NFL for players with more than 40 such attempts. Inside the 10, Cousins' struggles expanded, with his completion percentage dropping to 31.58 -- 25th in the NFL for players with 20-plus attempts.
The receivers played a role in those problems. Tight end Jordan Reed was by far the most successful red-zone threat last season. Leading Washington's receivers in catch rate was 5-8 Jamison Crowder (56.25 percent). Garcon and Jackson posted red-zone catch rates of 38.46 and 36.36 percent, respectively, last season. Last year with Cleveland, Pryor earned a 69.23 red-zone catch rate.
Gruden clearly believes size -- specifically Pryor's massive length -- can be a boon for Cousins and the rest of the offense.
When the new receiver is making one-handed snags like the one below look easy, it's not difficult to understand the optimism: