What Redskins Have to Do to ImproveJuly 27th, 2012 at 3:44 pm by Bruce Rader under Sports, Uncategorized
My observations after two days of Redskins Training Camp.
As good as Robert Griffin the 3rd may be as a quarterback, everybody realizes he is not expected by himself, to take the Redskins to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years.
What other positions does Coach Mike Shanahan have to improve on to help this team return to the postseason?
Quarterback, well on it’s way–Shanahan traded away two first round picks for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin the third who everybody on this team, even the older guys, feel is the real deal.
But Griffin can’t perform if he isn’t protected–former pro bowler Jammal Brown is still nursing a bad hip, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester are not household names, so a lot will be expected of former first round draft pick Trent Williams, who was suspended for part of last season for failing a drug test.
The additions of wide receivers Pierre Garcon, at 42 million dollars and Josh Morgan, 12 million, are expected to make life easier for both Griffin and veteran Santana Moss.
Second year pro Leonard Hankerson, coming off an injury gives the receivers a new young look this year.
The strength of this team is it’s 3-4 defense, Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Adam Carriker along the front, and don’t forget last year’s training camp star Jarvis Jenkins is coming back from his injury.
Linebackers, London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo and last year’s rookie sensation Ryan Kerrigan are as solid as they come.
That leaves the defensive secondary, Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall from Chesapeake will man the corners, with free agent Brandon Meriweather as the team’s top safety. DeAngelo told me everything will be fine.
Of course this is only the second day of Redskins Training Camp, and we have a lot to learn before the first preseason game. But with no controversies, and no real worrisome injuries, so far so good.