2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: WASHINGTON REDSKINS
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (NFC East)
2016 record: 8-7-1 (3-3 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: WR Terrelle Prior, SS D.J. Swearinger, LB Zach Brown, (R) DT Jonathan Allen, (R) RB Samaje Perine, WR Brian Quick, DT Terrell McClain
KEY DEPARTURES: WR DeSean Jackson, WR Pierre Garçon, DT Chris Baker
2016 SEASON RECAP
The 2016 Washington Redskins were a middle of the pack team, their 8-7-1 records is a prime example of that. QB Kirk Cousins nearly topped 5,000 yards passing and tossed 25 TD passes but the team just couldn’t find ways to pull out the close ones. RBs Robert Kelley and Matt Jones both showed promise that they could be the skins #1 back but also showed signs for why they couldn’t.
The game that summed up Jay Gruden’s season was the London game vs Cincinnati. The teams played to a 27-27 tie but the redskins had many different opportunities to win this game. Whether is was 2 missed field goals by Dustin Hopkins, 1 for 4 on red zone chances or CB Josh Norman extending Bengal drives for constantly grabbing A.J. Green. Washington was the better team but couldn’t close.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
The team franchised QB Kirk Cousins again and they look for him to get them back into the post-season. The loss of two 1,000 yard receivers will hurt (Garçon 1,041 yards and Jackson 1,005 yards) but the emergence of Jamison Crowder and signing of Terrelle Prior paired with the talent of a healthy Jordan Reed, this offense could be high flying once again. The addition of a RB like rookie Samaje Perine could take this offense to the next level. Gruden just received an extension so its now his time to show what he’s got.
The team also signed the NFL 2nd leading tackler in LB Zach Brown (149 tackles). Brown along with some new faces on the defensive line could make this Redskins team one to keep and eye on. The rundown looks like this……. Top 5-10 offense, near 5,000 yard passer, top 3-5 cornerback and a top 2 tackler. They have a very talented team but in the NFL talent does always win. If they can get beyond the front office drama, this team could contend for the NFC East title.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Kirk Cousins, WR Jamison Crowder, TE Jordan Reed, (R) RB Samaje Perine, (R) DT Jonathan Allen
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
9 – 7