Team: Washington Redskins
2018 Record: 7-9
Notable Off Season Moves:
Lost wide receivers Jamison Crowder, and Maurice Harris to free agency.
Brought in Case Keenum via trade and Dwayne Haskins via the draft to compete with Colt McCoy at Quarterback
Signed Landon Collins away from their divisional rival New York Giants
Its really tough to say. Of course Quarterback is the most important position on the field. So until we know who will be under center for Washington do we really know what to expect? Or is the fact that we don’t know who that will be, tell us everything we need to know?
Last off-season the Skins invested more than a little money in Alex Smith. His future in Washington looks about as promising as (insert what politician you hate here). Case Keenum has proven to be a more than capable placeholder quarterback before. Then again, Colt McCoy isn’t too shabby as far as placeholder QB’s go (HOOK ‘EM HORNS)
Its obvious that the heir to the throne is Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Much like another dysfunctional NFC team, the question is, when will that future arrive?
The supporting cast isn’t devoid of talent. When he is healthy (which is usually for a solid, 2 maybe 3 games a year) Jordan Reed is a hell of a threat at the tight end spot. When he does go down Vernon Davis does his best Toby Keith impersonation, where he’s not as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was.
The Redskins are experiencing a bit of a youth movement in their receiving corps, but its not a new thought to bring in weapons that can develop with, and on the same timeline as your rookie QB. In this case we’re talking about Terry McLaurin, and Kelvin Harmon who were taken in the 3rd and 6th rounds respectively.
They’ll be guided by hold overs Paul Richardson, and Josh Doctson. A former free agency splurge, and borderline bust former first rounder. In all fairness to Doctson, he’d be fine if he had been a 5th rounder, but when you use a first on a guy you expect a bit more than Washington has gotten thus far.
The quarterback room isn’t the only place with interesting competitions going on. The Redskins brought back future first ballot hall of famer Adrien Peterson to compete for snaps. He’ll be joined by 2018 2nd rounder Derrius Guice out of LSU. Guice missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL, and following reports recently that he may miss the start of training camp with a tweaked hamstring, he posted a video of himself working out and promptly deactivated his twitter account.
Guice may only have a one year window to prove himself as the Redskins used a 2019 4th rounder on Stanford’s Bryce Love. A player who could absolutely make an impact in 2020 as he himself will likely miss this whole year himself as he recovers from his own injury, a torn ACL himself (or as the Washington Post put it, he “tore his ACL on his last play of his last college game”… of course it was his last play, he tore his ACL).
And while that whole game of thrones war rages on, Bran Stark, sorry, I mean Chris Thompson, quietly waits in the wings to continue on his gig as one of the more productive 3rd down backs in the league.
The Skins have some skin in the game when it comes to their front seven as they have 4 former first round picks on display. Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen form an imposing pair in the run game, while they hope that 2019 first rounder Montez Sweat, whom they traded back into the first round to draft at 26, can pair with 2011 first rounder Ryan Kerrigan to provide some pressure off the edges.
It sounds funny to say, but is 100% accurate, but the Skins also improved their run defense by adding Landon Collins from the Giants. Collins is one of the better in the box safeties in football. He and corner Josh Norman will be the stars of the secondary, assuming Norman is done jumping over bulls in Pamplona. The secondary could certainly use an infusion of talent somehow, but as the off-season is nearly over, that ship has seemingly sailed, so they better hope that pass rush makes them look better than they are.
Mason Foster and Jon Bostic are expected to be serviceable, though unspectacular as linebackers manning the middle of the field.
This team is still far away. The Alex Smith injury really put them behind the eight ball, as resources that really should have been used to fill out the roster were instead directed at a “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” approach to the quarterback position. The approach worked for the Seahawks when they walked away handing Russell Wilson the job, but they also had the legion of boom in place already.
This could be a VERY long season in Washington, especially if Guice’s hamstring is really an issue, and if age inevitably catches up to Adrien Peterson.
This team will be fighting the Giants for 3rd place in the division and Jay Gruden will be fighting for his job. I don’t expect either one to come away winning those battles.
Names to know for your Fantasy Drafts:
- Dwayne Haskins
- Case Keenum
- Colt McCoy
- Adrien Peterson
- Chris Thompson
- Derrius Guice
- Bryce Love (as a stash away guy in keeper leagues)
- Jordan Reed
- Vernon Davis
- Paul Richardson
- Josh Doctson
- Terry McLaurin
- Kelvin Harmon
- Dustin Hopkins
- Written by Jason Sullivan
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