The Washington Redskins were at the bottom of one of the NFL’s most competitive divisions, but are looking to this offseason to bring in a game breaking rookie and some solid skill guys around him to help this club contend.
Redskins Week 1 NFL Pick
By: Jordan Sharp
Redskins are another team that has a lot going for them, but it is still a
mystery how well Robert Griffin III will react to his first few NFL games. The
Redskins still have a stellar defense, but a Week 1 matchup against the Saints
in New Orleans is not at all what the doctor ordered for RG3’s first real game
as a pro.
Saints are the big favorites in this one, as New Orleans is laying -9, with a
total of 50 ½ points. While the under looks intriguing at first glance, there
is a chance the Saints take out all of their offseason frustrations on the
Redskins. This one is subject to change, because of the contract talks with
Drew Brees, but assuming that Brees is under center in Week 1, the Skins don’t
stand a chance. Lay the points.
My Pick: Saints -9
Something Positive Going On In Washington
By: Jordan Sharp>
Redskins beat the eventual Super Bowl champions twice last season, and that is
quite possibly the only thing they had to be proud about from last season.
However, there is a nice buzz surrounding the Redskins this season, and some
seem to think they might just surprise a few people in the NFC East. RGIII is
gearing up for a great rookie season, and the improvements the Skins made on
defense last season, along with the emergence of Roy Helu will make for a nice
Skins also still have Santana Moss, who was injured a lot last season, but
still put up big numbers. There are some questions surrounding Moss, as not
everyone is sold on him being the Skins’ number one option. Washington brought
in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, and drafted Leonard Hankerson, an eventual
number one. Although I think Moss will prove his doubters wrong this upcoming
season, with all the help around him, it might be tough to get the looks he was
getting last season. I think Moss’ “demotion,” has been blown out of
proportion, however. He will still be getting almost double digit targets, and
with the new faces in town, it might just free him up a bit too.
Shanahan Hands the Keys to RG3
By: SBR Staff
It comes as no surprise that the Redskins decided to take
RG3 as their first pick, and Mike Shanahan has stated that Robert Griffin will
be starting this season. It looks as if Rex Grossman and Fourth-Round pick Kirk
Cousins will be placed second and third sport on the rotation.
In a recent interview, Coach Shanahan stated that “He’s the
starter. Period.” Everyone could sense
the urgency in the Redskins camp leading up to the draft, as this was a team
with one goal in mind, and it was clear they were going to do whatever it tool
to land Griffin.
“"We're going to adjust
our system to what he feels comfortable with, and we'll watch him grow and
we'll do what we feel like he can do and what he does the best: said Coach
Shanahan. “One thing the NFL is not used to is a quarterback with his type of
speed and his type of throwing ability, so I think we can do some things that
people haven't done."
There is no doubt that opposing teams are eager to see how
both RG3 and Andrew Luck live up to the high expectations. It looks as if the
Redskins are putting all of their eggs in one basket, and after the McNabb
experiment, this is one basket that the management cannot afford to drop.
Washington Redskins NFL Odds to win Super Bowl XLVII - 50/1
Closing in on the Draft and RG3
By: Jordan Sharp
like other NFL teams, the Skins have been quiet this past week, as they gear up
for this month’s draft. As I mentioned in last week’s update, the Skins will
almost certainly target Robert Griffin III with the 2nd overall
pick, but there are multiple other needs with this team. This draft has a bit
more intensity surrounding it, because of the salary cap hits that the Skins
will almost certainly have going into the next two seasons. Let’s take a look
at some of the targets that the Skins will be looking at come draft time.
Just go ahead and ink in Robert Griffin III into the two hole for the Redskins, but who
will be after him? The Skins have made some good offseason moves so far, but
they still need help in the skill area and in their secondary.
secondary is an area I think they will address after Griffin III. The problem
is, they don’t have a second round pick this season because of the trade to
move up in this year’s draft, and they don’t pick again until the third round
and 69th overall.
will be the major concern after the departures of both Oshiomogho Atogwe and
LaRon Landry. The Skins did sign an aging Brandon Meriweather, but if they
don’t draft a safety in the third or fourth round, it would surprise me a lot.
Free agent/trade news
concern I see for this team is their veteran middle linebacker London Fletcher.
Fletcher is still unsigned and he might be looking for a little more money then
the Skins are willing to shell out for a soon to be 37 year-old. Fletcher had
another great season for the Redksins last year, and had 166 tackles, (league
leading) 1.5 sacks, two FF and 2 interceptions. If the Skins don’t resign him,
it may be a big hit to their defense.
of beating the Super Bowl champs and no one else for the Redskins looks to be
behind them, and there is actually some limited optimism surrounding the Redskins
this season. Some free agent signings and one big trade has brought upon both
skepticism and optimism surrounding this NFC East team.
This offseason blog will cover offseason news, transactions and buzz
surrounding this team for April’s upcoming draft. We’ll start with the biggest
news surrounding Washington this offseason, which happens to be a transaction
and draft news combined.
Off Season Blues?
By: Jordan Sharp
quite evident that the Rams were going to shop the second overall pick in this
season’s NFL Draft and the Redskins jumped on it. For the low, low price of three
first round picks and a second round pick, the Redskins were able to move up
four slots to second overall in the draft, where they will draft either Andrew
Luck or Robert Griffin III.
almost certain that the Skins will get Griffin III, after the Indianapolis Colts take Andrew Luck
#1. This does a few things for the Skins. First, it handicaps them just a little bit in the next few years,
because they don’t have a first round pick until 2015. However, the upside is
very high if they will have Griffin III taking the snaps.
III is one of the fastest players in the draft, and under center for the Skins,
he will pose a huge threat to opposing defenses. He is the first real
quarterback drafted by the Shanahan crew, and if he is able to live up to
expectations, the Skins could be one of the best turnaround stories of the NFL
I am under the school of thought that he might be just as much
upside as downside. We all saw what happened to a small Michael Vick this past
season, and Griffin III is of a similar size and skill set. He may be fast, but
everyone in the NFL is fast and can hit hard. I am hoping Griffin III can play
his style and remain healthy and on the field.
Offseason trades/free agent
then the big trade for moving up the draft board, the Skins have been steadily
trying to help out their offensive skill positions. This team wasn’t a bad
defensive team last season, so trying to improve upon one of the NFL’s worst
offenses last season is a top priority.
Griffin III will help out a lot if he is ready to start week one, but he also
needs weapons around him. He will already have Santana Moss, but the Skins have
also signed receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. This will only help take
some of the pressure off of a potential rookie quarterback.
Skins have also done a little work on their defense, signing free agent
cornerback Cedric Griffin and they also brought back their own defensive end
Adam Carriker at the tune of four years and $20 million ($7 million
other big news surrounding this team is the penalties brought down by the NFL
in regards to the salary cap front loading before the lockout. Just a month
before the draft, and an hour before free agency began, the Redskins were
informed by the league that they would be hit with a $36 million cap space
penalty, which they can spread out throughout the next two seasons.
Cowboys are also named in the infractions, but their cap space hit is only $10
million (chunk change, right). Both teams allegedly pushed spending into the
uncapped year to save money last season.
Cowboys and Skins have filed a joint grievance against the NFL, but the owners
voted Tuesday to uphold the penalties against both teams. The team and head
coach Mike Shanahan have been silent in this issue, but once the appeals are
done, I’m sure we will have a more concrete view of how the cap situation for
the Skins will end. Keep an eye out for next week’s blog to cover just that!