And that was a big problem several experts had: They did not see enough of Norman on Brown, and wonder what the Redskins will do going forward with the NFL's highest paid cornerback. Against Bryant, the Redskins have had success with DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland in the past. In fact, Bryant has only one 100-yard game against Washington, two fewer than he's had against fellow NFC East rivals Philadelphia and New York. Breeland's physical style has paired well against Bryant; Norman's physical play would work well, too.
Williams has played through a number of injuries throughout his career, though he did miss two games last season -- though he was rested in the season finale because it didn't mean anything -- and one in 2014. If for some reason Williams couldn't play, then Ty Nsekhe would replace him. The Redskins are 4-13 in games Williams doesn't play since he entered the NFL in 2010.
But there were some things I would be concerned about and other areas it's too soon. The inability to stop the run was concerning, because it was an issue last season, I felt it would be one coming in and it really hurt them. I don't know that it's going to get a whole lot better, either, because they failed to make a significant move up front in the offseason, something I'm still surprised by. Granted, you don't rebuild a program overnight, but the foundation of a defense should be the front. They need one dynamic player up there, and it would help tremendously, especially paired with Chris Baker.
QB Kirk Cousins—Here he is atop the list again this week. He can't afford a stumbling start like he had last year, not with the Redskins' schedule dictating a fast start if they are going to be in the playoff hunt. Cousins wasn't the reason they lost but he didn't do much to lift up his team either. When you're getting a $20 million salary and you want to make more, expectations are high.