They wanted him to build off a good finish. Instead, he reverted to past habits and lost a whole season. Josh LeRibeus spent last offseason out of shape, injured and ultimately in the doghouse. It took him a whole season to repair the damage.
John Keim: I don't know if there's a formation I've been more impressed with, though I think there will be some that are more dangerous -- like the three-receiver set plus tight end Jordan Reed. They can spread the field, create a mismatch or hit the defense with a draw. If Chris Thompson or Lache Seastrunk comes through, they have a back who would fit that part-time role nicely (Roy Helu is the No. 2 back behind Alfred Morris; Seastrunk in particular ran well from this set in college).
John Keim: Great question. Man, it'll be tough to have a greater impact than Moss did in 2005 when he caught 84 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 17.7 yards per catch. I can't see Jackson matching that total simply because he'll have much more receiving talent around him. Moss had tight end Chris Cooley, but those two combined for 155 of the team's 278 receptions. No other player came within 40 of Cooley's total (71). Moss made the offense; Jackson will complete this one. He will have a big impact, but without Moss the Redskins had no passing game. Without Jackson the Redskins could still be fine. They're just better with him and he gives them the same level of playmaker Moss was in '05.
The Redskins have completed minicamp and they've started their five-week vacation prior to training camp. It's as good a time as any to take a look and assess who will be on the roster when the Redskins are preparing to face the Houston Texans on Sept. 7.
The hiring of Gruden would also lead to a change in the overall philosophy of the team from the old read option heavy offense into more of a true West Coast offense that used the read option at times. With that being said, let's take a look at what we can expect the offense to look like both in the running game along with in the passing game.