When the Redskins get ready to win their sixth in a row against the Philadelphia Eagles in week one, they could be starting eight or more new players.
Between the draft and free agency the offense and defense will have key contributors suiting up for the first time. These players might be the new London Fletcher or they could be the new Brandon Lloyd.
Free agency kicked off, sans-McCloughan, by signing Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee to replace Chris Baker and Ricky Jean-Francois. This follows a Bruce Allen pattern of both signing a Dallas player and paying starter money to a defensive lineman with limited starting experience.
That was followed by another in a long line of free agent safeties in D.J. Swearinger. We can only pray that this one will finally pan out. We’ve been waiting since 2007.
The two marquee free agent signings were both one-year deals. Terrelle Pryor, coming off a breakout season in Cleveland, hoped to get a mammoth deal. Instead he gets the chance to fill the void left by Garcon and Jackson and parlay that into a larger deal if he balls out. With a likely starting gig and a good quarterback throwing him the ball, Pryor could easily have a Pro Bowl season.
My favorite signing, Zach Brown, was another one-year deal. Brown was named Second Team All-Pro in 2016. He’s certainly going to be a starter at inside linebacker, and hopefully he can be like the last free agent linebacker we signed from Buffalo...because that was the last time we had solid linebacker play inside.
The draft, which is still fresh in our minds, brings an influx of much needed youth and talent.
Jonathan Allen, a consensus top-10 talent, landed in our lap. He’s the first defensive lineman taken by the Redskins in the first round since 1997. That also happened to be at pick 17. For a defense that was historically, like literally historically, putrid on third downs, a badass mofo at defensive tackle was needed.
The next three draft picks figure to see playing time, if not maybe starting in 2017. Ryan Anderson, Fabian Moreau and Samaje Perine could all could do serious heavy lifting for the Redskins in 2017.
So who do you look most forward to watching play in 2017? Who do you think will have the biggest impact in 2017?
Who are you most looking forward to watching play in 2017?
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