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2013 WASHINGTON REDSKINS PREVIEW

July 2, 2013
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Washington Redskins (1978 - Pres)

 

2013 WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL PREVIEW 

LAST YEAR: 10-6, 1ST IN NFC EAST, LOST IN NFC WILD CARD 

HEAD COACH: MIKE SHANAHAN, 4TH YEAR

 

Everything in 2013 hinges on how Robert Griffin recovers from the knee injury he suffered in the playoffs last year.  RGIII was more than just a dual threat QB, he was the leader of the team.  Mike Shanahan has put all of his energy and his entire investment into Griffin.  The entire offense is designed to take full advantage of Griffins legs and his ability to run play action football.  Sow how good is Washington without RGIII?   Well, Kirk Cousins is the backup.  That’s enough to tell us that the Redskins are in big trouble if Griffin can’t come back close to 100%.

 

Griffin has been very careful in his recovery and will take his time returning to the field.  The offense the Redskins run isn’t all that complex, so it won’t take RGIII long to get caught up if he misses any time.  Washington didn’t do much to upgrade the offense from a year ago and that will be ok if several players return from injuries, including TE Fred Davis (Achilles Tendon Tear) and WR Pierre Garcon.  Alfred Morris and Darrel Young return at RB, the WR’s are back including Josh Morgan, Garcon, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss.  3rd round selection Jordan Reed (Florida) will be used as both a TE and WR.  The offensive line returns in-tact with LT Trent Williams, RT Tyler Polumbus, LG Kory Lichtensteiger, RG Chris Chester and C Will Montgomery.    No matter who is back, everything hinges on RGIII and the condition of his knee.

 

The Redskins were a playoff team despite playing without defensive stars LB Brian Orakpo and DL Adam Carriker because of injuries for much of the season.  Both are back and will be ready for the 2013 season.  This will make the Redskins front seven even stronger since they played so well without them in 2012.  DE Jarvis Jenkins, NT Barry Cofield, DE Stephen Bowen, DE Kedric Golston and NT Chris Baker are all back. 

 

The Linebackers are strong led by OLB Ryan Kerrigan, ILB London Fletcher, Orakpo and ILB Perry Riley.  The big concern for the Redskins defense will be the DB’s.  The secondary will horrible in 2012 and they didn’t change personnel except for adding EJ Biggers from Tampa Bay.  Washington gave up a league worst 281.9 yards per game in 2012.  David Amerson was drafted in the second round out of NC State.  Amerson has excellent instincts and ball skills.  The area Amerson struggles with is man coverage.  Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) was taken in the 4th round.  Thomas was one of the best safeties in college football in 2012.  Bacarri Rambo was taken in the 6th round out of Georgia.  Rambo is a good cover man but needs to be more physical and get stronger. 

No matter who is on offense and defense, it all comes down to the recovery of RGIII.

 Washington Redskins (1972 - Pres)

 

2012 IN REVIEW: 

TOTAL OFFENSE: 383.2 (5TH

RUN OFFENSE: 169.3 (1ST)

PASS OFFENSE: 213.9 (20TH

TOTAL DEFENSE: 377.7 (28TH

RUN DEFENSE: 95.8 (5TH

PASS DEFENSE: 281.9 (30TH)

 Washington Redskins (1983 - Pres)

 

2013 REDSKINS DRAFT

 

ROUND (PICK) PLAYER SCHOOL

2 (51) CB David Amerson North Carolina State

3 (85) TE Jordan Reed Florida

4 (119) S Phillip Thomas Fresno State

5 (154) RB Chris Thompson Florida State

5 (162) LB Brandon Jenkins Florida State

6 (191) S Bacarri Rambo Georgia

7 (228) RB Jawan Jamison Rutgers

It’s way too early to determine winners and losers in the NFL draft. And assigning grades is as ridiculous as ranking college recruiting classes on signing day. Often, it takes years to evaluate newcomers accurately.

But this much is clear about the Washington Redskins’ draft: Coach Mike Shanahan displayed a sound approach. He used two of the team’s first three picks on defensive backs — cornerback David Amerson and safety Phillip Thomas — in an effort to improve Washington’s awful secondary. And Shanahan, with the Redskins seeking a long-term solution at tight end, selected pass-catcher Jordan Reed as part of what could prove to be a successful plan. The next phase of the process is the most important.

The Redskins have so many holes in their secondary, a group that was stunningly ineffective against deep passes last season, Amerson and Thomas should compete for significant roles as rookies — if the coaching staff can get them ready in time. Reed may need to learn a lot quickly as well.

Talented tight end Fred Davis returns as the starter, but he’s still recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury and is on a one-year contract. Shanahan expects Reed to be a playmaker. And Shanahan is counting on Washington’s top three picks to keep the team’s momentum going.

The Redskins, coming off their first NFC East title in 13 seasons, didn’t have a pick in the first round. In the last year of the NFL-imposed $36 million cap reduction, the Redskins made no major additions in free agency.

Still, before the draft Shanahan expressed confidence the Redskins would improve with their seven draft picks. His outlook was based, in large part, on last season’s turnaround. After watching the draft unfold, I understood his thinking.

“If this were a few years ago, when we started, well, yeah, then that would be tough,” Shanahan said. “But you go into it [the draft] with a plan. You go into it knowing what you want to do.”

Focusing on the secondary was a smart move. Last season, the Redskins had the NFL’s third-worst passing defense. Redskins opponents had 27 pass plays of 25 yards or more. That’s a lot.

The inability of the safeties to provide deep support for cornerbacks undermined defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s game plans. The fact that the Redskins reached the playoffs despite such poor secondary play indicates how well quarterback Robert Griffin III performed in leading the team’s outstanding offense.

Perhaps the newly configured secondary will help out Griffin, who is rehabbing from major knee surgery, and the rest of the offense next season. Amerson possesses enough talent to ignite change.

As a sophomore, Amerson, the Redskins’ first pick, led the nation with 13 interceptions. Most successful cornerbacks fall far short of that total in a four-year college career.

Amerson, who entered the draft as a junior, struggled last season. Chasing expectations, he gambled too much, was undisciplined and frequently out of position. But Amerson has the type of speed — he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds — and athleticism Shanahan wants at cornerback. Haslett and his staff will work on smoothing Amerson’s rough edges.

There’s a lot at stake for Amerson. Cornerbacks Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall only are signed for one more season. If Amerson delivers, he may have a clear path to the starting lineup.

The road at safety already appears wide open for Thomas. Tanard Jackson has failed so many drug tests, the Redskins can’t count on him. Who knows how Brandon Meriweather will recover from knee surgery?

During the Redskins’ late-season playoff push, Haslett did wonders overcoming the deficiencies of the secondary. At the very least, Thomas and safety Bacarri Rambo, a sixth-rounder who also racked up interceptions in college, provide an infusion of potential and energy on defense. That’s a lot more than Haslett had to work with last season.

“You take a look at Amerson . . . and here’s a corner that’s got some pretty good speed, good length, and he’s come up with some big interceptions throughout his career,” Shanahan said. “And you add a couple safeties with [Thomas] and [Rambo] — two guys that play the free safety position but also play the strong safety position as well.”

Reed should give the receiving corps a boost. For a tight end, Davis is a dynamic, down-the-field receiver. Kyle Shanahan, Washington’s offensive coordinator, did a great job of designing plays that put Davis in favorable matchups against linebackers. Davis, though, could be headed out of town.

Because of Davis’s injury, rising salary and off-field issues – he sat out the final four games in 2011 after failing multiple drug tests – it made sense for the Redskins to search for his eventual replacement.

Reed is raw: He only started 25 games at tight end in college. No problem, Shanahan said.

“What you look for are talented, high-character guys who can help your football team,” he said. “I don’t worry about the experience, or if they didn’t do some things well [in college]. We’ll coach ’em. We just want to find people who fit with what we’re doing in the areas we need them.”

That’s exactly what the Redskins have tried to do. Now, they’ll work to turn unproven prospects into consistent players. Sounds like a plan.

 Washington Redskins (1970 - 1971)

2013 REDSKINS SCHEDULE

Sept. 9 Philadelphia Eagles, (Mon) 7:10 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 22 Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.

Bye Week

Oct. 13 at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 27 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m

Nov. 3 San Diego Chargers, 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 7 at Minnesota Vikings, (Thurs) 8:25 p.m.

Nov. 17 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 25 San Francisco 49ers, (Mon) 8:40 p.m.

Dec. 1 New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 8 Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 15 at Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 22 Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 29 at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.

 Washington Redskins (1965 - 1969)

2013 REDSKINS ROSTER

Active

                       

  

#

  
  

Name

  
  

Pos.

  
  

Ht.

  
  

Wt.

  
  

Age

  
  

Exp.

  
  

College

  

39

Amerson, David

CB

6-3

194

21

R

North Carolina St. University

75

Anunoby, Chigbo

DL

6-4

324

24

R

Morehouse

60

Ashworth, Jacolby

OL

6-3

300

22

R

Houston

92

Baker, Chris

NT

6-2

333

25

1

Hampton

48

Bernstine, Jordan

S

5-11

214

24

R

Iowa

30

Biggers, E.J.

CB

6-0

185

26

4

Western Michigan

72

Bowen, Stephen

DE

6-5

310

29

7

Hofstra

45

Boyce, Dorson

FB

6-2

249

25

1

Washington

97

Brace, Ron

DT

6-3

330

26

4

Boston College

19

Briscoe, Dezmon

WR

6-2

210

23

1

Kansas

40R

Burdette, Marvin

LB

5-11

230

22

R

UAB

94

Carriker, Adam

DE

6-6

305

29

6

Nebraska

66

Chester, Chris

G

6-3

309

30

7

Oklahoma

96

Cofield, Barry

NT

6-4

318

29

7

Northwestern

68

Compton, Tom

T

6-5

308

24

R

South Dakota

46R

Compton, William

LB

6-2

230

23

R

Nebraska

12

Cousins, Kirk

QB

6-3

209

24

R

Michigan State

20

Crawford, Richard

CB

5-11

188

22

R

SMU

83

Davis, Fred

TE

6-4

247

27

5

USC

38

Davis, Tristan

RB

5-10

211

27

1

Auburn

16

Dawson, Skye

WR

5-9

183

22

R

TCU

37

Doughty, Reed

S

6-1

206

30

7

Northern Colorado

51

Elmore, Ricky

LB

6-4

255

25

1

Arizona

59

Fletcher, London

LB

5-10

242

38

15

John Carroll

2

Forbath, Kai

K

5-11

197

25

1

UCLA

88

Garçon, Pierre

WR

6-0

212

26

5

Mount Union

73

Gettis, Adam

G

6-2

292

24

R

Iowa

64

Golston, Kedric

DE

6-4

318

30

7

Georgia

24

Gomes, DeJon

S

6-0

201

25

2

Nebraska

10

Griffin III, Robert

QB

6-2

217

23

R

Baylor

8

Grossman, Rex

QB

6-1

225

32

10

Florida

23

Hall, DeAngelo

CB

5-10

193

29

9

Virginia Tech

76

Hamilton, Dominique

DT

6-5

315

24

R

Missouri

85

Hankerson, Leonard

WR

6-2

211

24

2

Miami (Fla.)

29

Helu, Jr., Roy

RB

5-11

215

24

2

Nebraska

00

Henderson, Devery

WR

5-11

200

31

10

LSU

34

Holland, Devin

DB

6-0

205

24

R

McNeese State

79

Hurt, Maurice

G

6-3

329

25

2

Florida

50

Jackson, Rob

LB

6-4

266

27

4

Kansas State

47

Jamison, Jawan

RB

5-7

203

21

R

Rutgers University

57R

Jenkins, Brandon

OLB

6-2

251

23

R

Florida State

99

Jenkins, Jarvis

DE

6-4

315

25

2

Clemson

53

Kehl, Bryan

LB

6-2

243

29

5

Brigham Young

91

Kerrigan, Ryan

LB

6-4

260

24

2

Purdue

40

Kettani, Eric

FB

5-11

240

26

1

Navy

47R

Kimbrough, Jeremy

LB

5-11

240

22

R

Appalachian State

67

LeRibeus, Josh

G

6-3

315

24

R

SMU

86

Lewis, Lance

WR

6-2

207

24

R

East Carolina

78

Lichtensteiger, Kory

G/C

6-2

284

28

4

Bowling Green State

72

Matthews, Kevin

C

6-3

302

26

3

Texas A&M

31

Meriweather, Brandon

FS

5-11

197

29

6

Miami (Fla.)

93

Merling, Phillip

DE

6-5

315

28

5

Clemson

25

Minnifield, Chase

DB

6-0

186

24

R

Virginia

63

Montgomery, Will

C/G

6-3

304

30

7

Virginia Tech

15

Morgan, Joshua

WR

6-1

220

28

5

Virginia Tech

46

Morris, Alfred

RB

5-10

218

24

R

Florida Atlantic

89

Moss, Santana

WR

5-10

189

34

12

Miami (Fla.)

55

Muckelroy, Roddrick

LB

6-2

250

26

3

Texas

45

Murphy, Jerome

CB

6-0

200

26

2

South Florida

95

Neild, Chris

NT

6-2

325

25

2

West Virginia

61

Nixon, Xavier

OT

6-6

309

22

R

Florida

80

Ogbuehi, Emmanuel

TE

6-3

235

22

R

Georgia State

98

Orakpo, Brian

LB

6-4

257

26

4

Texas

77

Pashos, Tony

T

6-6

325

32

9

Illinois

84

Paul, Niles

TE

6-1

233

23

2

Nebraska

82

Paulsen, Logan

TE

6-5

261

26

3

UCLA

74

Polumbus, Tyler

OT

6-8

305

28

4

Colorado

1

Potter, John

K

6-1

219

23

2

Western Michigan

32

Pugh, Jordan

S

5-11

210

25

3

Texas A&M

29

Rambo, Bacarri

S

6-0

211

23

R

Georgia

86

Reed, Jordan

TE

6-3

225

22

R

Florida

13

Reeves, Chip

WR

6-1

191

23

R

Connecticut

56

Riley, Perry

LB

6-0

238

25

3

LSU

11

Robinson, Aldrick

WR

5-10

181

24

1

Southern Methodist

52

Robinson, Keenan

LB

6-3

238

23

R

Texas

6

Rocca, Sav

P

6-5

263

39

6

Lakeside

22

Royster, Evan

RB

6-1

216

25

2

Penn State

58

So'oto, Vic

LB

6-3

263

25

2

BYU

14

Stallworth, Donté

WR

6-0

220

32

11

Tennessee

62

Stevens, Tevita

OL

6-3

300

25

R

Utah

57

Sundberg, Nick

LS

6-0

251

25

3

California

54

Tapp, Darryl

OLB

6-1

270

28

7

Virginia Tech

41

Thomas, Phillip

S

6-1

215

24

R

Fresno State

35

Thompson, Chris

RB

5-7

192

22

R

Florida State

69

Trueblood, Jeremy

T

6-8

320

30

7

Boston College

5

White, Pat

QB

6-0

190

27

1

West Virginia

25

Williams, Keiland

RB

5-11

230

26

3

LSU

13

Williams, Nick

WR

5-10

184

22

R

Connecticut

71

Williams, Trent

OT

6-5

328

24

3

Oklahoma

26

Wilson, Josh

CB

5-9

188

28

6

Maryland

36

Young, Darrel

FB

5-11

251

26

3

Villanova


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