NFL teams are in the midst of training camp and the preseason has begun. What do we expect from the Washington Redskins in 2017?
It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We have looked at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.
So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Washington Redskins in 2017?
Yes, this is a franchise that posted back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time since 1996 and ’97. However, the Washington Redskins failed to reach the playoffs in 2016 after winning the NFC East the previous year. And in early March, the team lost some good players in free agency in the form of wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson and defensive lineman Chris Baker. To counter the losses on offense, team president Bruce Allen added Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick from the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams, respectively. Add in Jamison Crowder and tight end Jordan Reed (when healthy) and Vernon Davis and quarterback Kirk Cousins has an array of weapon.
But it’s on defense that the club made the most noise. The team bolstered the front-seven with former University of Alabama stars Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson. They also added free agents in defensive linemen Terrell McClain (Dallas Cowboys) and Stacy McGee (Oakland Raiders), inside linebacker Zach Brown (Buffalo Bills) and free safety D.J. Swearinger (Arizona Cardinals). And when Su’a Cravens returns to the lineup, that Washington secondary (including cornerback Josh Norman) is going to be tough to deal with.
Yes, the offseason for the Washington Redskins didn’t get off to a great start. The firing of general manager Scot McCloughan and the failure to get Cousins signed to a long-term contract weren’t positives. But the club did add a lot of solid defensive pieces and managed to rebuild its wide receiving corps. The makeup of this club has changed a bit and on defense, it’s for the good. The passing game needs a little more support from the ground attack. And that will help Greg Manusky’s unit as well. Look for the Redskins to flirt with double-digits victories and be right in the thick of the NFC East race all season.