With the injuries and ineffective play from Robert Griffin III over the past two years, Kirk Cousins earned the opportunity to win the starting job in Washington and he put together an outstanding first full season as starting quarterback in 2015. He completed an amazing 69.8% of his throws for 4166 yards with 29 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. The Redskins had always liked what Cousins brings to the field and he rewarded them for burning a draft pick for him in the same draft they took Robert Griffin III. After a slow start to his season last year, Cousins caught fire in the second half, tossing 19 touchdowns against only 2 interceptions. He also completed a staggering 73.6% of his throws. That is one of the best halves of any season on record. Cousins and the Redskins are currently working towards a long-term deal although he wants more money than the team is willing to commit to after only one great season. That said, he has a swagger about him and the tools to thrive.
Colt McCoy has had some NFL moments and has 5586 career passing yards with 26 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He is capable of filling in when needed but he doesn't have the tools of a starting NFL quarterback. Coming off the bench though he is a fair backup who can bring experience to the field.
The Redskins let veteran running back Alfred Morris leave in free agency this year and 2nd year running back Matt Jones will be given every opportunity to win the starting job in 2016. The problem is that Jones did not have an excellent rookie season and has to improve in multiple areas going forward to success. He did have 144 carries last year but only for 490 yards last year (just 3.4 yards per carry). He did score 3 touchdowns though and added 19 receptions. Jones is a big bruising back that needs to develop better patience and vision to become a legitimate NFL starting running back He does have the athleticism and size though if he works hard to improve his craft. He can wear down defenses with his physical style of play. He has the speed to outrun a defense when he gets into the clear which is impressive at 231 pounds.
7th round pick Keith Marshall was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school and had a strong freshman season with Georgia but fell back down to earth when he tore up his ACL as a sophomore. Then the injury never healed well and his junior season slipped away too. This player has more talent than your typical 7th round pick and could earn significant work with a good camp.
Chris Thompson is a short, stocky scat back type who is a tremendous receiver. He had equal catches and carries last year (35) and all three of his pro touchdowns have been receiving scores. He is the perfect 3rd down back for this offense and 45+ receptions is very possible.
Silas Redd had a few nice moments as a rookie in 2014 with minimal touches but missed last season due to injury. He had only 16 carries but did score a rushing touchdown. He is worth keeping an eye on.
Ryan Grant, Rashad Ross, Andre Roberts
The Redskins added a super receiver prospect in the 1st round this season when they scooped up Josh Doctson from TCU. He is already a polished, skilled route runner and is surprisingly fluid in his stride. He is faster than his 40-time indicates and he is terrific at going up and getting the football. He could use some more power and mass on his frame to match up against the more physical NFL cornerbacks but he is already a legitimate NFL talent.
DeSean Jackson struggled with injuries last year missing six games and was not as effective as the year before in the ten games he did play in. However he did catch 30 catches for 528 yards and 4 scores. Jackson is the ultimate home run hitter at the receiver position, averaging 17.7 per career reception. He has elite speed and quickness and is a beast sprinting down the field. He typically doesn't catch a lot of passes but his high average and long touchdowns make him an intriguing option.
Pierre Garcon had a huge 2013 campaign with the Redskins catching 113 passes but he really slipped back down to earth in the past two seasons, catching only 140 total passes for 1529 total yards and 9 touchdowns. 6 of those touchdowns came last year though and Garcon is a veteran, experienced receiver that knows how to get open, run consistent routes and earns the trust of his quarterback. He is an underrated player and this former 6th round pick is only 14 receptions away from 500 in his career. It's funny but his 2nd half numbers declined last year while his quarterback's sky rocketed but that was likely an aberration as he is such a solid pro.
Jamison Crowder is an undersized receiver at only 5'8 and has only decent straight line speed. However he is ultra quick, runs great routes and had himself a very strong rookie season. He caught 59 passes for 604 yards and scored twice and fit nicely into the scheme. He could be just as effective in his second season as the veterans in front of him draw the defensive attention, leaving Crowder to burn single coverage with elite pass routes
Ryan Grant earned some playing time last year and the former Tulane star caught 23 passes for 268 yards and 2 scores. He could earn more playing time in 2016. Andre Roberts appears to be an afterthought in the offense now.
Jordan Reed in his 3rd NFL season became a superstar in 2015. He caught 87 of 114 passes thrown his way for 952 yards and scored 11 times. He has great quickness and speed for the tight end position and although his size is only average for a receiving tight end, he plays bigger than his listed 6'3 and 236 pounds. He has the ability to accelerate away from coverage and another 80+ reception season is likely.
I'm surprised that Vernon Davis was brought in this offseason as a free agent due to the rise of Jordan Reed. However through his first two seasons, Reed struggled to stay healthy so perhaps Davis is strictly an insurance policy. Both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen missed last year due to injury so perhaps both are having trouble shaking the injury issues. Davis has not been very good over the past two years but he is talented and athletic and if he comes in and works, he could get a chance to contribute here. He is 32-years old so if he doesn't show well here he may not get another chance.
Projected Starters: LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, C Kory Lichtensteiger, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Key Backups: Ty Nsekhe, Spencer Long, Austin Reiter, Josh LeRibeus
I really like where the Redskins are going with their offensive line. It all starts with Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams who is one of the finest in the game and perhaps the best pass protector in the NFL. 2nd year player, a 5th overall pick in 2015 Brandon Scherff started all sixteen games as a rookie and did a very good job. There is room for improvement there as well and he has the skill set to slide anywhere along the offensive line and dominate. He is a nasty, get after it lineman and is going to be a Pro Bowler very soon. A 3rd round pick in 2014, Morgan Moses was supposed to lose the right tackle job to Scherff but he won the job in camp, sliding Scherff to guard. Moses has really improved in his first couple of seasons. Shawn Lauvao was the starter last year until injury struck and he will be given first chance to win his job back. He will be pushed by Spencer Long though who filled in nicely. Kory LIctensteiger is a dependable veteran center but he will be pushed in camp but Austin Reiter. Put all the parts together and the Redskins have themselves a top-seven group here.
Hit on 25 of 28 field goals last year.