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Washington Redskins 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/16/2018.


Washington Redskins Free Agency Recap


Washington let Kirk Cousins walk. They also traded for Alex Smith and gave him a four year extension prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Free Agency period back in January during the Super Bowl media week leading up to Super Bowl 52. Washington also replaced Terrell Pryor with Paul Richardson. I feel like they downgraded at both of these positions, but time will tell if that's the case.



Washington Redskins Draft Recap


The Redskins got Daron Payne as their starting nose tackle. They also got LSU running back Derrius Guice, but he won't play in 2018 due to tearing his ACL.




Washington Redskins Quarterback Summary: Washington has three quality quarterbacks. Alex Smith is the new quarterback on the Washington Redskins. Head Coach Jay Gruden has experience developing quarterback He's effective, but I'm not sure you can label him an elite coach yet. Matt Cavanaugh got promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after Sean McVay took a head coaching gig with the Los Angeles Rams and Kevin O'Connell got hired as Washington's new quarterbacks coach and did so well with Cousins that he got promoted to passing game coordinator. He will still be a quarterbacks coach by coaching Alex Smith onthe Washington Redskins.


Washington Redskins Running Back Summary: Washington has Chris Thompson as the starting running back. Robert Kelley is the backup. Samaje Perine is the third stringer. This is only due to Derrius Guice being on injured reserve. Randy Jordan was a great running back coach in College and his skills have certainly translated to the NFL.


Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Summary: Washington has moved on from Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Terrell Pryor in the last two years. This team chews up and spits out wide receivers. They signed Paul Richardson from Seattle to replace Terrell Pryor. Josh Doctson their 2016 first round pick is projected to be the #2 option with Jameson Crowder in at slot receiver. There may not be depth after those three receivers, but wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard will get the best out of these receivers.


Washington Redskins Tight End Summary: Jordan Reed should have another big year. Last year I said Sean McVay would be one of the hottest names for a head-coaching job despite being 30-years-old. McVay dominated with the Rams, but as long as Jordan Reed is healthy, Washington should be effective.


Washington Redskins Offensive Line Summary: Trent Williams should be able to anchor left tackle with right tackle Morgan Moses if both offensive tackles stay healthy. Left guard Shawn Lauvao is expendable. Brandon Scherff rounding out what is a good offensive line. Chase Roullier, the former Wyoming offensive lineman is replacing Spencer Long at center in Washington.


Bill Callahan did so well in his first year as offensive line coach that he already got promoted to assistant head coach if Jay Gruden were to get fired at some point which is highly unlikely given Washington's situation.


The Redskins kept all of their offensive coaches. They replaced Kirk Cousins with Alex Smith and Terrell Pryor with Paul Richardson so how Smith and Richardson enter those roles is really gonna be the x-factor since if Smith avoids turnovers this can be a top 15 offense.



Washington Redskins Defensive Line Summary: Washington's defensive line consists of Jonathan Allen at 3-4 right end, Da'Ron Payne at nose tackle, and Matt Iodannis at 3-4 left end. This defensive line is a fantastic unit and will make a huge difference. Jim Tomsula was a terrible head coach. He was a great defensive line coach and is an upgrade over anyone on this staff.


Washington Redskins Linebacker Summary: Ryan Kerrigan is starting at 3-4 right outside linebacker. Ryan Kerrigan had 11 sacks in 2016 and 13 sacks in 2017 making him the leader of Washington's defense off the edge. Preston Smith compliments him at 3-4 left outside linebacker. Then you got Pernell McPhee and Ryan Anderson, Washington's 2017 second round pick as guys on your roster at outside linebacker for depth making Washington incredibly deep at this position. Washington's two 3-4 middle linebackers are Zach Brown and Mason Foster. Will Compton and Chris Carter are the backup 3-4 middle linebackers.


Washington promoted their outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator. This tells me that Washington will be way more aggressive and blitz way more than usual with their depth at 3-4 outside linebacker. Manusky had a great influence and authority on this defense. He showed he could be a mentor and father figure to the players on this football team with his leadership and passion.


Washington Redskins Defensive Backs Summary: Washington may have their best cornerback tandem in years. Josh Norman will be the teams #1 field cornerback. Quinton Dunbar is running away with the boundary cornerback job after the team moved on from Kendall Fuller and Breeland gone. Fabian Moreau will be the teams nickel cornerback with Adonis Alexander as a dime cornerback and Danny Johnson as the quarter cornerback. You have Montae Nicholson starting at strong safety with DeShazor Everett for depth. You also got D.J. Swearinger who was a backup in Arizona getting another chance as a starter at free safety with Troy Apke for depth in a backup free safety role.


Torrian Gray is Washington's defensive backs coach. He was a defensive backs coach at Virginia Tech where he helped develop numerous guys like Brandon Flowers, Kam Chancellor, Kyle Fuller, Kyshoen Jarrett, Kendall Fuller, Brandon Facyson, and Adonis Alexander. Gray enters his second season with the Washington Redskins.


Washington has their best defense in years. This team may have a top 10 defense on their hands if everyone is healthy.



Washington Redskins Special Teams Summary: Dustin Hopkins did well last year going 34/42 at kicker in 2015 which wasn't as good as his 25/28 season in 2016. Tress Way is the punter. Jamison Crowder is the only asset has on special teams outside of Hopkins. Their special teams coordinator is Ben Kotwica who enters his fourth season with Washington as their special teams coordinator.




Washington Redskins Worst Case Scenario: The Washington Redskins go 5-11 and end up with a top 5 pick like Mark Sciubba gave them in his 2019 NFL Mock Draft. Alex Smith and Paul Richardson aren't as good as they appear to be and this team declines in terms of talent and performance.


Washington Redskins Best Case Scenario: Washington goes 12-4. They win the NFC East and make a Super Bowl run. Washington retained all of their coaches just like the San Francisco 49ers. Tanya Holmes has this team going to the Super Bowl and losing to the New England Patriots. If they avoid injuries and step up to the plate, then that's Washington's ceiling as a football team whether I like it or not. This team can do some damage if Alex Smith plays like he did at the beginning of last season.


Washington Redskins 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 2
September 16
VVS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 3
September 23
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 4
Bye Week
Week 5
October 8
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 6
October 14
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 7
October 21
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 8
October 28
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 9
November 4
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 10
November 11
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 11
November 18
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 12
November 22
AT
4:30 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 13
December 3
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 14
December 9
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 15
December 16
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 16
December 23
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 17
December 30
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W


Washington Redskins 2018 Projected Record (7-9): Washington has another tough schedule. Their entire coaching staff is back though. I like Washington's defense a lot more then last season. I also feel like Alex Smith and Paul Richardson are downgrades over Kirk Cousins and Terrell Pryor. I also wohder if Washington did enough to upgrade at safety.


Of the 13 NFL teams I previewed, Washington is the team I'm the least confident in. I feel like this team can do better then 7-9. If this team makes it to the playoffs, I can see them going on a run and winning the NFC. Right now, I got them at 7-9, but I'm not very confident about that holding up.







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