In the 2016-2017 season, the Redskins lost three key players in Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Chris Baker. After losing these three key players, analysts thought the Redskins would not be a competitor in the NFC, but even though they lost these players, the Redskins are actually doing better.
After losing Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon the Redskins wide receiver core took a big hit. Desean and Pierre both had 1000 yard season, but it actually helps the Redskins. The Redskins get to invest in younger talent.
They signed Terrelle Pryor who came off a 1,007 yard receiving year with the Browns to a 1-year contract. That was Pryor’s first year as a wide receiver with 4 different quarterbacks that aren’t close to Kirk Cousin’s level. He is scheduled to work out with Randy Moss and Michael Irvin this summer.
With Cousin’s as his quarterback and his training with Hall of Fame wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor can take his game to the next level.
As a slot receiver last year, Jamison Crowder had 847 yards. Now with Desean and Pierre gone, he will rack up way more yards than he did last year. Jamison Crowder speed and agility make him really hard to guard in the slot whether it’s a linebacker or cornerback covering him.
Crowder didn’t get to show us all what he could do last year, but he gave us a glimpse of what to expect in the future and now with a bigger role, opposing defenses could be in a lot of trouble.
Josh Doctson was out for most of the year, but he showed glimpses of what Redskin’s fans get to see in the coming year.
The Redskins running game also improved after the Offseason and NFL Draft. After starting the season, Matt Jones lost his job to Rob Kelley due to fumbling problems.
Rob Kelley only started 8 games and had 704 yards. If he would have started all 16 games, he would have had 1,408 yards according to projections. Chris Thompson is a great receiving back and can run the ball if needed.
Chris Thompson is a great receiving back and can run the ball if needed. Thompson had 356 rushing yards and 349 receiving yards. Samaje Perine could be the steal of the draft. He holds the record for most rushing yards in a game (in college) with 429 yards. He said in an interview on his running style “I would rather run through you than around you.” This just shows the Redskins running game is going to be nasty and hard to stop.
The Redskins’ biggest downfall last year was their defense, especially the run defense. They allowed 119 yards a game, something that needed to improve. They addressed this need clearly in the offseason and the draft. They signed Zach Brown, a great run-stopping linebacker, who had 149 combined tackles last year. He can stop the run and guard receivers. He can pressure the quarterback and catch interceptions.
They signed D.J. Swearinger, a safety from the Arizona Cardinals. He is a hard hitting safety and is very underrated safety, who had 66 combined tackles with 2 sacks and 3 interceptions last season. He brings swagger and hard-hitting to the Redskins, which will make opponents will think twice before throwing his way.
Redskins signed two rotational defensive linemen in Stacy Mcgee and Terrell McClain. Stacy Mcgee is very underrated and came off his best year recording 17 tackles with 2.5 sacks. Terrell McClain also came of a good season with 40 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 2.5 sacks. These two defensive linemen will have a big impact on the Redskins defensive line.
These two defensive linemen will have a big impact on the Redskins defensive line.
In the draft, the Redskins drafted Jonathan Allen. He was one of the best defensive linemen in the draft but dropped due to a medical problem. He will start immediately on the Redskins weak defensive line and will make an immediate impact. He can do it all.
After this pick, the Redskins followed up with Allen’s Alabama teammate Ryan Anderson. Anderson is a great linebacker who can stop the run and can make plays on the ball. Anderson can also guard receivers and running backs without getting burned.
After this pick, the Redskins followed it up with Fabian Moreau, a cornerback from UCLA. He was projected to go in the first round until an injury at the UCLA pro day. He is a ball hawk and makes plays on the ball.
After these pickups, the Redskins are doing much better and may even be a better team than before.