We are entering the training camp portion of the NFL off-season, very close to kickoff, and one of the biggest NFL mysteries is the NFC East. You can make a legitimate case for every single team in the NFC East. The Cowboys could repeat their success from last year, The Giants’ super team could prove to be too much for the rest of the division, the Eagles, led by Carson Wentz, could really surprise everyone and win the division, but no team seems to really have a chance to shock everyone and steal the NFC title, like the Washington Redskins.
To start things off, the Redskins had a very solid draft class. They got a steal after taking defensive end from Alabama, Jonathan Allen, in the first round, Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson in the 2nd, then cornerback Fabian Moreau in the 3rd, and running back Samaje Perine in the 4th. That is a very solid first 4 picks by the Redskins, and they should all make an immediate impact on the team.
A huge upside for the Redskins is that they have an amazing offense. Led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins have a strong duo in the backfield consisting of rookie Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley, and at receiver they have 2nd year player Josh Doctson, newly acquired Terrelle Pryor, Brian Quick, and of course, the explosive Jamison Crowder. Along with strong wide receivers, they also have a great tight end duo with Jordan Reed and veteran Vernon Davis. To top it all off, the Redskins have once of the best and most consistent offensive lines in the NFL led by Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, and Brandon Scherff.
On the defensive side of the ball is where it gets a little shaky. Their defensive line is still a big hole, but drafting Jonathan Allen should certainly fix some of their problems. That still doesn’t mean their defensive line isn’t a problem, because it’s a huge hole on their roster.
The Redskins are absolutely stacked when it comes to linebackers, for they have players such as Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Gallete, Preston Smith, Trent Murphy, Ryan Anderson, Mason Foster, and Zach Brown. Linebackers shouldn’t be an issue for the Redskins now, or anytime in the future, for they have that position locked up.
In the secondary, they are led by star cornerback Josh Norman. The cornerback position also seems to be a strength for the Redskins with guys like Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Kendall Fuller, and rookie Fabian Moreau.
The safety positions still spark some questions though. The Redskins recently converted linebacker Sua’ Cravens to strong safety and signed D.J. Swearinger to team up with Will Blackmon. It’s unsure how Cravens will perform in his new position and if Swearinger can repeat his success from last year in Arizona.
The Redskins absolutely have enough talent to play well. I think they have a real chance at stealing the NFC East title this season, for they are a very well rounded roster and they definitely shouldn’t be slept on.