Storylines for Washington will be different from the normal of the past three seasons. Yes, we are done with the typical Kirk Cousins, running back, and no defensive line narratives that have overwhelmed the team as they head into pre-season. It is different now, although other questions are sure to arise elsewhere. What are the biggest storylines to come out of Washington for the 2018 season?
1. How far the Redskins defense take Washington this post-season?
The Redskins were on the brink defensively last year before the injury bug biting them heavy. So is it a stretch to say the Redskins will be a top ten defense this season and will be the reason Washington will consistently finish games? No, not at all.
2. Has Trey Quinn dampened Jamison Crowder hopes of re-signing in Washington this off-season?
This year “Mr. Irrelevant” is not the typical player you would imagine being selected at that spot. The projected 4-6th round pick is seemingly pro-ready heading into his rookie season and if his production in pre-season is substantial, do not be surprised when Jamison Crowder’s future with Washington starts being questioned.
3. Should the Redskins consider trading Josh Norman?
Now, the act of trading Norman will likely not occur. However, the performance of Norman will prompt the question. Josh Norman is a solid player, but the 30-year-old cornerback has not been the playmaker that Washington needs him to be here. 2017 was a very underwhelming season for the cornerback so another sub-par season for Norman may prompt the trade talks.
4. The Alex Smith trade paid off for Washington.
Alex Smith was the best backup plan for Washington to have heading into the 2018 off-season. When Kirk Cousins showed no interest in re-signing in Washington without testing the market first, the Redskins front office knew it needed to waste no time finding his replacement. Alex Smith became that guy, and for the 2018 season, Smith brought the leadership and winning mentality to the offensive side of the ball. Smith and head coach Jay Gruden will mesh well, leading the Redskins offense to be efficient and more importantly an offense that protects the football very well. Not to say that was not an emphasis under the previous quarterback tenure as a starter.
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