Every year, unlike the past, NFL teams turn over their current roster. The salary cap era and "the league of parity", has forced teams to do so. Gone are the days of the 80's Redskins and 90's Cowboys. Enter the era of the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs!
This years Redskins team is likely to have 10 new starters. 10 NEW STARTERS! let's take a look at these players, and speculate on the impact they will have in 2015.........and beyond.
Brandon Scherff - Scherff was drafted to pair with left tackle Trent Williams and provide the Redskins with two outstanding bookends for the forseeable future. Brandon is big, strong, physical, nasty and athletic. He should be a dream for new offensive line coach Bill Callahan to mold.
Spencer Long - Long is projected to take the right guard spot left empty when the Redskins parted ways with Chris Chester. Long is the complete opposite of his departed line mate, in that he is big, strong, powerful and nasty. Another perfect fit for Callahan's line.
Niles Paul - I may be going out on a bit of a limb here with this one, but I think Paul will win the starting tight end job this training camp. He is extremely athletic, hard working, and gets a ton of respect from his teammates. He has added size this offseason, so that should aid in his blocking efforts.
Jamison Crowder - Again, this is just a projection, but I feel Crowder will impress this preseason, and win the slot receiver job from incumbent Andre Roberts. I already have him penciled in for kick-off and punt return duties, and my pencil is about to hit paper for the slot role very soon.
Terrance Knighton - Pot Roast should be a HUGE addition to our defensive front. We have never had a true 3-4 nose tackle, so this will be a luxury for new defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
Stephen Paea - Paea had a great year in Chicago last season, and was somehow able to test the free agent market. Win - Redskins! Paea gives the Skjns defense a true 3-technique every-down defensive linemen, whos speciality is getting pressure on the quarterback. He should be fun to watch this season.
Trent Murphy/Preston Smith - Murphy started last season when Brian Orakpo got injured, so he does have experience. New draft pick Preston Smith will challenge Murphy this preseason for the starting role. Whoever gets the start, expect the other to receive plenty of defensive snaps as well.
Chris Culliver - Culliver was one of the most important free agent signings this offseason. He is young, aggressive, has great size and athleticism, and has played for a team whos defense was know as one of the league's best. He should be a great addition to our secondary, and make an immediate impact.
Duke Ihenacho/Jeron Johnson - One of these two players should win the starting strong safety position, and whomever that player is should be an upgrade to what we had at the position last season.....and the season before.....and the season before that.
Dashon Goldson - Just when you thought our free safety position couldn't get any worse than Madieu Williams, enter the aging Ryan Clark. Mistakes plagued the entire secondary last season, and our free safety seemed to be the main culprit. Hopefully Goldson can provide a serious athletic upgrade and some leadership to boot.
Others Who May Have a Shot:
Arie Kouandjio - Can Kouandjio unseat veteran Shawn Lauvao?
Josh LeRibeus/Austin Reiter - Can either steal the center position away from Kory?
Kirk Cousins - Could Robert be challenged?
Will Compton - Can Compton beat out Riley?