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My opinion about each position for the upcoming season

Here's a post stating my points of view about each position for the upcoming season:

OFFENSE

QB: Personally, I would go with John Beck as the starting QB. The reason is not because I think he is a better option than Rex Grossman, because the truth is, nobody knows for sure how good he is. The stats of when he was with the Dolphins are outliers; a rookie Peyton Manning wouldn't have done any better. I'm all for giving him a true chance because frankly, the team has nothing to lose. They know what to expect from Grossman; they don't know what to expect from Beck, so let's find out if the latter is any better. However, I don't think that whoever wins the starting job is the QB of the future of this team. No matter how good they play, it doesn't lessen the need of a franchise cornerstone at the most important position for the upcoming years.

RB: To me, Tim Hightower is the best option. He runs hard. He's a good pass blocker. He can catch the football. Actually, I think he's the closest thing we have on the roster to a young Clinton Portis. I'm not ready to give Roy Helu the starting job yet, and I'm not a big Ryan Torain fan; in fact, with the way things are unfolding, I would try to trade him for some extra draft picks. I would give Hightower the starting reigns, being backed up by Helu and Evan Royster. That's an exciting, young backfield.

FB: Just like with John Beck, I would give Darrel Young a real chance to show what he is worth. The team will need to replace Mike Sellers at some point, so why not find what's already on the roster?

WR: My, Oh my. I don't know if that's true or not, but I've read in a thread that some people would cut Leonard Hankerson for Donte Stallworth. What? Look, he has some concerns with drops (which is why he fell to the 3rd round of the draft), but he has some potential. There's NO WAY Stallworth's a better option for the future of this team. And the way things are going, the redskins might not need Hankerson to produce right away. Santana Moss is the clear cut No. 1, Jabar Gaffney is a solid veteran and Anthony Armstrong can blow the lid off the coverage, so Hankerson can learn watching others. I think that Niles Paul is worth a look (even though I wouldn't mind him being on the PS), and Terrence Austin has made some strides. In my opinion, Brandon Banks is on the outside looking in. The new kickoff rules certainly do not help his case, neither does his injury. I would rather go with someone that's more versatile (i.e. Paul or Austin). Lastly, I'm a big fan of Aldrick Robinson, but it doesn't seem like he is ready yet to play with the big boys. For now, he is PS material.

TE: I agree with those saying that we should trade Chris Cooley. And I'm not different than anybody else: I like the guy, he is a class act, and he is a good football player. But he is by no means indispensable to the success of the team, especially with a younger and cheaper (for now) player full of potential behind him. That's why I would trade him for a pick and see how Fred Davis would fare as a starter for a full season before giving him an extension if he deserves it.

OL: I don't expect the O-line to drastically improve. Trent Williams will be better in year 2 (unless he plays against Dwight Freeney), Jamaal Brown is a solid but not great bookend, Will Montgomery and Kory Lichtensteiger are only adequate, and Chris Chester is athletic but not that strong. I think this is a better unit than last year, but there's still some work left to be done. Year 2 in the Zone-Blocking Scheme will help, but I don't think it's a finished product yet. Waiting in the folds are the young likes of Eric Cook, Willie Smith and Selvish Capers, but I don't expect them to contribute significantly this year.

 

DEFENSE

DL: I wasn't so sure about the Barry Coefield signing before training camp, but I think that so far, so good. He has shown in limited action that he is good enough to man up the NT position. One signing that I liked a lot though was the Stephen Bowen signing. This guy gives us some pass rush from the inside, as well as a better skill set suited for a 3-4 defense than whoever was playing in his place last year. My other starter would be Adam Carriker, but that's only for the immediate being. Jarvis Jenkins is not far behind, but I'm not sure he is a starter yet. He has been real good in preseason, but we all know it's much different once the season starts. I thought the Redskins reached for him in the second round, but now, I think he is the type of player we needed for this defense.

LB: I don't expect Ryan Kerrigan to come in and produce double-digit sacks right away. He is a good player who plays with energy, but he is still learning a new position. He's a work in progress, and I must admit I wasn't so sure I liked the move when they drafted him, simply because of the position change. However, he's going to help, and with time, he might end up being a very good player. There's also the Keyaron Fox signing, which I like a lot. This guy has been with a top notch organization, playing for one if not the best defensive coordinator in the league and been a monster on special teams. I like bringing back Rocky McIntosh because I wasn't ready to proclaim Perry Riley a starter yet, but with Fox and Riley, we have very capable backups to McIntosh and London Fletcher. Lorenzo Alexander is one of my favorite players, and he will find a place for sure in this defense. I also expect Brian Orakpo to get to the next level and become a Top 10 OLB in the league this year, because he sure has the talent and the athleticism to do so.

CB: This is a position where I think the Redskins are thin, at least on paper. Outside of Deangelo Hall (who is overrated as a cover man) and Josh Wilson (who I believe is an upgrade over Carlos Rogers) we have good although not great starters and for now Kevin Barnes is the nickel CB. With Philip Buchanon back after the bye, this unit will be better, but for the first four weeks, I hope opposing teams won't throw a lot of 4 wide receivers set at them, because they might struggle. Bradyn Thompson and Byron Westbrook will need to step up in order to make the back end more respectable. I wouldn't mind bringing somebody else in to strengthen the position.

S: I believe the safety tandem will be one of the strengths of this defense next season. The OJ Atogwe signing might have been the most underrated signing of the offseason, yet it might be one of the most important. It was clear after last season that the Redskins needed someone to patrol the back end of the defense effectively, and Atogwe will be relied on to do just that. Consequently, it will allow Laron Landry to play closer to the line of scrimmage, where he will use his enormous hit power to make his presence felt all over the field. He still needs to improve in coverage, but Atogwe might be able to help him in this area.

P/K: Here we go again. For the zillion time in a couple of years, the Redskins have tried another punter. I hope Sav Rocca can bring some much needed stability to a position that definitely needs it. As for the kicking job, it looks as if Graham Gano will be given another chance to show what he's worth this season. I hope he proves to be more consistent than last year.

That's it. I predict this team to finish around 8-8. I don't think they will contend for a playoff spot, but strange things have happened in the league before. Compared to last year, I think they are heading in the right direction.

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