Despite a loaded division, the Washington Redskins are set up to give other teams some problems in the upcoming 2018-2019 season. This doesn’t mean they’re going to be the Cinderella team of the league. The idea of winning the NFC East is hard to conceive, and even if the Skins muster a playoff berth, the potential for any kind of deep run is very low. That being said, after a few key draft picks and smart offseason moves, Washington looks like they mean business.
The addition of Daron Payne from Alabama is the last piece of the puzzle for a Washington D-line that already has promising young talent in guys like Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis. Veteran corner Orlando Scandrick should also play a role on defense paired up with Josh Norman. However, the real excitement will come when the Redskin’s offense takes the field.
One of the biggest NFL transactions to take place over the summer came when the Skins acquired quarterback Alex Smith from Kansas City. Many fans were unhappy with this pickup due to Smith’s age and the 4-year lifespan of the contract, yet Smith will bring some steadiness to an offense that has been inconsistent over the years. Smith can man the helm of an offense, doesn’t throw interceptions, and knows how to win playoff games. On top of this, he just had his best season of his career last year at the age of 34, ending the year with 26 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 4,042 yards and a 104.7 passer rating. It’s only a matter of time before Skins fans that aren’t already on the Smith train hop aboard.
Another guy to keep an eye on is running back Derrius Guice. He’s already gotten praise from Skins tackle Trent Williams and Jaguars tailback Leonard Fournette, and the former LSU tiger is likely to be Washington’s opening day starter. Guice has drawn several comparisons to Marshawn Lynch. Both backs have similar tough, push through contact running styles and put up nearly identical numbers in college. If Guice can overcome some receiving issues, he could develop into a dynamic three down back like Lynch.
Perhaps the most inconsistent facet of Washington’s offense has been their receiving core. They’ve been able to maintain Jamison Crowder and an improving Josh Docston, but the second wideout position has been a revolving door of players. Washington signed Paul Richardson in free agency, a player who gained his footing in 2017 and should hopefully fill the deep threat hole the Skins offense had last season. Throw in a healthy Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis into the mix, and Alex Smith has plenty of toys to play with.
Don’t expect too much hoopla for the Washington Redskins; they aren’t Super Bowl bound just yet. But for a team that has been in football limbo for quite some time, Washington will put up some fights, and Skins fans will finally have something to cheer about.