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Draft Moves and 2017 Redskins Recap

The Washington Redskins suffered through a tough 2017-2018 season that saw them lose their top two quarterbacks to season-ending injuries- Alex Smith, and Colt McCoy(Widely considered to be the best backup in the league). The ended the season with journeyman Josh Johnson under center. There is no guarantee either will be ready for the start of 2019, so what did the Redskins do for the meantime?

Well first and foremost, the Redskins needed a viable quarterback on their roster who they knew would be ready for 2019, so they traded for Case Keenum of the Denver Broncos. As of this moment, Keenum is technically number one on the depth chart, but that could, and probably will change, if Smith and/or McCoy proves they are ready for week one. In addition, the Redskins added a trio of notable players in free agency- wide receiver Brian Quick for one season, cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie for one season, and safety Landon Collins for six seasons.

In the draft, the Redskins decided that taking the quarterback position year by year was not going to cut it, so with their first of two first-round draft choices, they added Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins to be their quarterback of the future. Haskins may not get the nod this season, but at some point, he will get the job and that will be the end of Smith, McCoy, and Keenum in D.C. unless one of them wants to stick around as the backup. With their second selection in round one, the Redskins beefed up their pass rush with DE/OLB Montez Sweat from Mississippi State. With their next two selections, they added depth and young legs to their skill positions on offense- wide receiver Terry McLaurin from Ohio State and running back Bryce Love from Stanford. With the next two selections after that, they added a pair of offensive guards- Wes Martin from Indiana and Ross Pierschbacher Alabama. They finished their draft with outside linebacker Cole Holcomb from North Carolina, wide receiver Kelvin Harmon from North Carolina State, cornerback Jimmy Moreland from James Madison, and Jordan Brailford from Oklahoma State. The Redskins made a lot of moves this offseason to continue to improve their roster. Have they moved up into being the favorites in the NFC East?

Entering the offseason, the Redskins were low on salary cap space, and due to the Robert Griffin trade, they didn’t have much to work with in the draft. They did however need to improve their defense, and did so by picking up Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy in the second round. They also needed to do something, anything, to improve their secondary. After having the worst secondary in the league a year ago, a small improvement would be a major upgrade. They added Bashaud Breeland from Clemson in the 4th round. Not much else materialized in the cornerback department. Everything for this team, both present and future, hangs on the health of Robert Griffin.

History of Washington Redskins Football

The Washington Redskins were originally founded as the Boston Braves in 1932. After changing their name to the Boston Redskins a year later, they changed it again to the Washington Redskins in 1937, after a move.

Throughout their long history, they have been the champions of the NFL five times: 1937, 1942, 1982, 1987, and 1991. Recently, they haven’t had much success, and many attribute that to the Redskins overall lack of team building. They go for the big flashy free agent players, but they don’t really build their team around those high profile stars.

Those Redskins teams of the 1980’s were some of the most memorable teams in the NFL history. Their offensive line was nicknamed “The Hogs” and rightfully so. They were big, they were ugly, and they were really effective. That offensive line led block for one of the most imposing players in NFL history, running back John Riggins. John Riggins was the epitome of “The Hogs” mentality. He was tougher than any of his lineman, and he was big and brutal. Trying to get Riggins down was like trying to stop a dump truck.

Some claim that the team owner favored his young quarterback over other key players. Griffin was certainly deserving of accolades in 2012, but he has yet to bounce back from a terrible knee injury. Will the team make the playoffs? We’ll be there with tickets in hand, should Washington fans need to see the team play at home or on the road.

Right now, it is safe to say the Washington Redskins do not know which direction they are headed, or even which direction to head for that matter. Three years ago, the Redskins traded their future to move up in the draft to take Robert Griffin III. The Redskins thought they were getting their franchise quarterback for the next 15 years. That move has blown up in their face as Griffin has not panned out. He had a great rookie season but has done nothing but go backwards since then, and suffer injury after injury. In 2014 the Redskins, under first year head coach Jay Gruden, hoped to right the ship with Griffin. However, Griffin hot hurt again, and following his return to the lineup, played so badly he was benched. The Redskins finished 2014 with a record of 4-12, good for last place in the NFC East. The Redskins held the fifth selection overall in the 2015 NFL draft in May and they thought about drafting a quarterback if one of the two quarterbacks at the top of the draft fell to them. However both Winston and Mariota were taken first and second respectively in the draft, so that decision was taken out of their hands. All of this meant that Robert Griffin entered the 2015 mini-camps, workouts, and such, without the support of head coach Jay Gruden. There will be an interesting competition all Summer long between Griffin and Kirk Cousins for the starting job.