I think many people felt that if the Redskins drafted a WR at the top of the 2nd round, they would instantly become a major threat and would put up 800-1,000 yards and 50-70 catches. The reality is that wasn't going to happen. In the history of the NFL just 9 rookie receivers have topped the 1,000 yard mark that first season, and that is from any round of the NFL draft. Most of them (though not all) were first round picks, making it less likely that the 34th pick would have brought that value.
The Redskins started last season by using Chris Thompson as the punt returner. He hadn't fielded punts since high school - where he admitted he would let the ball bounce and then just use his speed and quickness to scoop it up and get up field - and a limited bit of action as a freshman in college.
But Morris offers Gruden a better running back than what he had in Cincinnati. He rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie in 2012. He followed that up with 1,275 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013.
It can -- and should -- start with his new weapon in Jackson. Nothing is more important to that offense then a Griffin-Jackson relationship. If they can feed off each other's skills, the team will be dangerous. If that relationship goes sour -- a distinct possibility -- it could quickly become the scapegoat for failure.
The combination of a high-powered passing game with a weak secondary all but assures this team will see more than its share of passing shootouts in 2014. That may lead to some exciting games and very happy fantasy football owners, but shootouts are a 50-50 proposition even for the best offenses in the NFL. The 2013 Denver Broncos, who scored more points than any team in league history, went 5-4 in games where the opposing team scored 23 or more points.
As good as Washington's offense might be, it won't be anywhere near as strong as last season's Broncos squad, so the Redskins will be lucky to post a winning record in games of that scoring potential. Unless and until this team is able to vastly improve its defensive pass coverage in the draft, it's likely looking at a 2014 season heavy in highlights but relatively light in wins. As things stand right now, heading into the draft, the Redskins project as the last-place team in the NFC East.