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2013 Washington Redskins Projections

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Everybody knew RG3 was the real deal, but did anybody think he would mature this fast? It helps when you have a fantastic supporting cast lead by Alfred Morris. Look for the Redskins to identify themselves as the new NFC east champion.

Projected Record: 11-5 (4-2)

Projected Finish: 1st in NFC East (lose in divisional round of playoffs)

Quarterbacks: RG3 had a marvelous freshman season in the NFL tossing 20 TD's and running for 7 more. The only thing that scares me is his health. RG3 took some licks back their at QB and needs to be careful if he wants to sustain a long NFL career. If he can remain healthy in 2013, he's an MVP candidate. Kirk Cousins proved he was a worthy backup to RG3 last year when he appeared in 3 games for relief. Pat White was signed by the Redskins. The former Dolphin, then MLB tryout is back after 3 years out of the NFL. If he can learn the Redskins system, he could become a weapon, or at least run the option if RG3 were to go down.

Grade: B+

Running Backs: This time last year Alfred Morris was just another running back trying to fulfill his dream and make an NFL roster. Now, he's one of the most decorated RB's in the NFL after rushing for 1,613 yards and 13 TD's as a rookie. There is talent behind him too. No big names, but Keiland Williams, Evan Royster, and Roy Helu will all compete for the #2 job. Williams spent time with the team in 2010 as a rookie and ran for 3 TD's. After spending time with Detroit, he returned last year but didn't see any carries. Royster and Helu were both thought to be feature backs last year but Royster struggled and Helu had to deal with injury. Neither have a guaranteed spot in 2013. Tristan Davis (questions surround a retirement?), Jawan Jamison, and Chris Thompson will most likely have to make this team based on special teams play but all 3 have the capabilities of being a 3rd down back. Eric Kettani is a good story at fullback. He spent time on the Patriots but on their military reserve list because, being a graduate from the Naval Academy, his service was required. He will contend with the veteran Darrel Young for FB.

Grade: B+

Receivers: Santana Moss is no longer the cream of the crop. Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon were the leading receivers in 2012 and there are some good wideouts behind them. Moss will be pushed by veteran Donte Stallworth.who had just 1 catch for Washington last year. Leonard Hankerson, Dezman Briscoe, Aldrick Robinson, and Nick Williams are 4 young WR's looking to see time. Hankerson showed promise last year catching 38 passes for 543 yards and 3 TD's. Brisoce only appeared in 7 games for the 'skins in 2012 and caught just 2 passes. Aldrick Robinson is a speedster from SMU who averaged 21.5 yards per catch and caught 3 TD's on just 11 catches last year. Nick Williams is an interesting player. Williams is an undrafted rookie who could make a difference in the return game with the loss of Brandon Banks to free agency. Fred Davis will have some competition at TE. Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen are the favorites to backup Davis but rookie 3rd round pick Jordan Reed (Florida), and undrafted rookie Emmanuel Ogbuehi (Georgia State) will setup for what could be an interesting competition at TE

Grade: B-

Offensive Line: Trent Williams, Will Montgomery, and Kory Lichtsenteiger anchor this underrated offensive line. They helped Morris run for over 1,600 yards and for such a scrambling QB, RG3 was only sacked 33 times which was 12th in the league. Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood are 2 veterans determined to make the 53 man roster in 2013.

Grade: B

Defensive Line: The 'skins d-line is nothing to brag about. Barry Cofield anchors the 3-4 at the nose position. Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker lay to his right and left. Ron Brace and Chris Neild will back up Cofield, Doug Worthington and Phillip Merling were 2 stand-out collegiate players who have yet to develop. Jarvis Jenkins came in and did a nice job in replace for Adam Carriker went he went down last season

Grade: D+

Linebackers: London Fletcher is the face of this Redskins defense. The Pro Bowler lead the team in tackles and interceptions in 2012. In case he were to go down the Redskins signed 10 year veteran Nick Barnett. Ryan Kerrigan is an exciting young player who lead the team in sacks with 8.5 in 2012. Him, alongside Brian Orakpo who missed 14 games to injury in 2012, should make for a very entertaining blitz package. Brandon Jenkins is another pass-rushing rookie who was drafted in the 5th round to backup Kerrrigan and Orakpo. Roddrick Muckleroy and Keenan Robinson are 2 former Texas linebackers who will fight for the backup spot inside along with Quan Sturdivant. Ricky Elmore is an exciting undrafted rookie from Arizona who could spend 2013 on the practice squad before seeing legitimate time.

Grade: A

Defensive Backs: DeAngelo Hall is still a proven corner in the NFL. But for how much longer? In case father time catches up with DeAngelo, Washington drafted David Amerson out of North Carolina State in the 2nd round. Amerson was a ball-hawking corner at NC State who lead the nation in interceptions his junior year. Jerome Murphy and Jose Gumbs are 2 other CB's vying to back up Josh Wilson. Reed Doughty and Brandon Meriweather are the safeties who have a ton of talent behind them. That talent includes Tanard Jackson and Baccari Rambo. Tanard Jackson was recently suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. With Jackson facing suspension, Rambo could see increased play. He is ball-hawking 6th round pick from Georgia who had 16 INT's over 4 years as a Bulldog.

Grade: B-

Buy: Ryan Kerrigan

Sell: Santana Moss

On the Hot Seat: Roy Helu/Evan Royster

Breakout Player: Nick Williams

Follow me on twitter @rickypackard3 for all your sports news and updates!

Check out my blog rickypackard.blogspot.com for all 31 other teams predictions and playoff projections!

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