Quarterback Robert Griffin III is determined to put his injury-filled 2013 season behind him and return to rookie form.Draft Picks: OLB Trent Murphy, T Morgan Moses, G Spencer Long, CB Bashaud Breeland, WR Ryan Grant, RB Lache Seastrunk, TE Ted Bolser, K Zach Hocker

Veteran Additions: WR DeSean Jackson, WR Andre Roberts, QB Colt McCoy, G Shawn Lauvao, G Mike McGlynn, ILB Daryl Sharpton, ILB Akeem Jordan, OLB Adam Hayward, CB Tracy Porter, DE Clifton Geathers, DT Jason Hatcher, S Ryan Clark

Veteran Losses: CB Josh Wilson, C Will Montgomery, WR Josh Morgan, DE Darryl Tapp

After surprising the NFL with a 10-6 record and an NFC East title in quarterback Robert Griffin III's rookie season, everything went wrong for the Redskins that could have possibly gone wrong when they finished 3-13. They were unable to do anything about it since the Rams had their first-round pick in the draft from the Griffin trade. Griffin's attempt to come back 100 percent healthy from his knee injury a la Adrian Peterson backfired greatly, and he endured a sophomore slump as a result. He was eventually benched by head coach Mike Shanahan, who was fired for the Redskins' disappointing season. 


Griffin finished with 16 touchdown passes against 12 interceptions and an 82.2 quarterback rating. Some of these numbers were compiled in garbage time, so his stats don't tell the whole story of his disappointing season. He will look to enter the 2014 season fully healthy and return to his 2012 form. 

Kirk Cousins will resume his role as the No. 2 quarterback for the Redskins, and Colt McCoy will look to make the roster as their third-stringer.

Returning at running back is Alfred Morris, who rushed for 1,275 yards and seven touchdowns. He doesn't offer much as a pass catcher, but he is a consistent weapon in the backfield. The Redskins' backfield figures to be deep with Roy Helu returning as the primary backup. Unlike Morris, he offers a pass-catching presence. Helu finished with 31 receptions and 251 receiving yards last season.

There will be competition for the No. 3 spot at running back between Chris Thompson and rookie Lache Seastrunk. Thompson ended last season on injured reserve with a torn left labrum. He had struggled at the return specialist position before his injury. Seastrunk will reunite with Griffin, who played with him at Baylor. Seastrunk rushed for  1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing two games. 

Darrel Young will return as the starting fullback for the Redskins. He has rushed for eight touchdowns in four seasons, so he has proven to be capable of making plays.

Wide receiver was an area of weakness last season, but the Redskins' receiving corps became one of the most threatening in the NFL when they signed DeSean Jackson after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Andre Roberts was also signed in free agency.

Pierre Garcon led the league with 113 catches, and Santana Moss was second on the team with 42. Jackson will give the Redskins the threat they need across from Garcon, and Roberts is expected to be the No. 3 receiver. He finished with 43 catches, 471 receiving yards and four touchdowns. 

Adding to the Redskins' receiving depth is Moss and Leonard Hankerson, who is still recovering from an ACL injury. Aldrick Robinson, David Gettis and rookie Ryan Grant will also fight for a roster spot.

Jordan Reed will return for his second year as the Redskins' starting tight end. Despite the lack of depth last season, Reed finished with 45 receptions and 499 yards in just nine games. He will be backed up by Logan Paulsen, who excels at blocking. Niles Paul is expected to fill another roster spot at tight end, and seventh-round draft pick Ted Bolser will look to sneak onto the roster as a special teams contributor.

Left tackle Trent Williams will resume his role after making the Pro Bowl in 2013 and emerging as one of the best left tackles in the NFL. Left guard Shawn Lauvao was signed in free agency and will likely start, pushing out Kory Lichtensteiger. Lichtensteiger is expected to replace the released Will Montgomery at center, and Chris Chester will look to retain his position as the starting right guard after struggling last season. Rookie Morgan Moses and Tyler Polumbus will be in competition for the starting right tackle spot.


The Redskins finished tied for 30th in scoring defense. They signed defensive end Jason Hatcher, who also left an NFC East rival in favor of the Redskins. He finished with a career-high 11 sacks last season and was rewarded with a four-year, $27.5 million contract.

Jarvis Jenkins is expected to return as a starting defensive end opposite Hatcher. He finished with two sacks last season after serving a four-game suspension for PEDs. He may see competition from Chris Baker though. Stephen Bowen, Clifton Geathers and Kedric Golston will provide depth at the position.

Nose tackle Barry Cofield will return as a starter, but he is recovering from hernia surgery. Baker is capable of playing nose tackle along with defensive end, and he will likely see significant playing time with his versatility.

The defensive line registered only 5.5 sacks out of the team's 36, but outside linebacker is a much stronger position for the Redskins. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will each return as the Redskins' starters, and they offer great pass-rushing abilities. Orakpo finished with 10 sacks, and Kerrigan added another 8.5. Orakpo signed the franchise tag and will look to prove that he deserves a long-term extension, but he will need to stay healthy. 

The Redskins added more depth to the position by drafting Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy. Rob Jackson was re-signed by the team and will likely win a roster spot over Brandon Jenkins.

Replacing London Fletcher's production and leadership at inside linebacker will be a difficult task, but Perry Riley is coming off a productive 2013 season that included 115 tackles and three sacks. Free-agent signing Akeem Jordan is presumably the favorite to start across from Riley. He finished with 67 tackles with the Kansas City Chiefs last season.

Keenan Robinson may also contend for the starting spot opposite Riley, but he heads into 2014 as a question mark after making two consecutive injured reserve trips to start his career. Darryl Sharpton provides depth after being signed away from the Houston Texans. He finished with 87 tackles last season, and he may be a dark horse to start.

Pass defense was an area of weakness for the Redskins as they finished 20th in that category. DeAngelo Hall is returning on a four-year, $17 million deal, and he continues to be a consistent ball hawk. He finished with four interceptions last season. However, he is often prone to allowing the big play. 

Josh Wilson left in free agency, and David Amerson is expected to take his place as the No. 2 corner. Amerson enters his second year in the NFL, and he showed promise as a future starter. Tracy Porter was signed as a free agent, and he is expected to start out as the No. 3 corner and push for more playing time. 

Richard Crawford and rookie Bashaud Breeland will fill out the roster at cornerback, and Crawford is expected to be the punt returner for the Redskins after sitting out last season with LCL and ACL injuries. Breeland is a raw prospect who lacks in the speed department but makes up for it with physical play.

The Redskins signed Ryan Clark to a one-year deal after he spent eight years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is a fiery leader on the field, and he will look to mentor his young teammates. Brandon Meriweather and Phillip Thomas are competing to start at strong safety.

Meriweather signed a one-year contract after finishing with 69 tackles and two interceptions. His hard-hitting style has earned him a reputation as a dirty player and has caused him to be fined on various occasions.

Thomas missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his Lisfranc, so he had to miss out on his rookie season. The Redskins are happy with his progress though, and they plan on giving him a chance to start.


Special teams wasn't a particularly strong area for the Redskins either. Kicker Kai Forbath missed four games and started out roughly, but he finished with 14 consecutive field goals made. Rookie Zach Hocker may steal the job from Forbath though. He finished 13-for-15 on his field goal attempts in his final season at Arkansas. His field goals included a 54-yarder. This may threaten Forbath's job since his leg is one of the weakest in the NFL.

Sav Rocca will not return as the Redskins' punter, but it will not be a big loss since he is 40 years old and often struggled with aiming his punts in the middle of the field. He also lacked power, finishing 30th in gross punting average. Robert Malone is expected to take the reins for now, but he hasn't been a starting punter since 2012.

Jay Gruden enters his first season as an NFL head coach after serving three years as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator. He will look to prove himself as a head coach and show that the 2012 Redskins were not just a fluke. He was able to squeeze 33 touchdown passes out of Andy Dalton, who has been a mediocre quarterback throughout his career.

Like most teams, the Redskins' season will largely depend on their quarterback play. Griffin appears primed to be a leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, but he will need to stay healthy. 

The rushing attack for the Redskins figures to be dangerous with Morris and Helu returning and Griffin being a dual-threat quarterback. 

Wide receiver is now a position of strength for the Redskins, and the team may finish with one of the NFL's best offenses.

However, the defense is a major concern with Fletcher leaving and not improving significantly. Although Hatcher played well last season, his 11 sacks were an outlier in a contract year.

The defense will also face a difficult task in having to defend the Eagles and Cowboys offenses twice, and the Giants are no slouches either. Their schedule also includes the NFC West. 

The Redskins are poised to be a bounceback team with NFC East championship potential, but the division figures to be competitive this season, and it is hard to tell whether Gruden is the right man to lead the Redskins back to the playoffs.

Projected Record: 8-8