Redskins: 3 major needs for the upcoming NFL offseason
The Washington Redskins went through another miserable season in 2019, going just 3-13 and finishing in last place in the NFC East.
The Redskins are light years away from contending and are in desperate need of help on both sides of the ball, but with Ron Rivera now at the helm and some changes in the front office, there is hope for Washington.
Of course, the Redskins are still the Redskins, so there is always reason for pause.
So, here are three major needs for Washington heading into this offseason:
3. A tight end
Dwayne Haskins has a ton of talent, but he doesn’t have many weapons.
That’s not exactly a great way to help your young quarterback settle in.
While the Redskins need talent up and down the roster, landing a good tight end would be a good start, as it would provide Haskins with a security blanket and someone who can open up the offense.
To be fair, Jeremy Sprinkle showed some promise this season, logging 26 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown, but Washington needs some more stability at the position.
Don’t be surprised if the Redskins look to invest in a tight end through free agency or the draft.
2. Another wide receiver
If there was one bright spot on Washington’s offense, it was rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who caught 58 passes for 919 yards and seven touchdowns.
But that was pretty much it.
The Redskins also had fellow rookies Steve Sims Jr. and Kelvin Harmon, but neither of them seem to have incredible potential. In order to help Haskins grow, they need more weapons.
Yes, McLaurin could be a stud, but Sims and Harmon don’t inspire a ton of confidence as big-time options moving forward.
Haskins has a big arm, so a lethal vertical threat would be huge for a Redskins’ offense that ranked at the bottom of the NFL this season and is in desperate need of a boost.
Washington doesn’t have a ton of cap room to work with, especially considering it has so many needs to fill, so the Redskins could focus on adding a wideout through the draft.
1. Run stuffers
The Redskins allowed a hefty 146.2 rushing yards per game this season, which ranked second-to-last in the league.
Washington is near the bottom of the NFL in a lot of categories, but its inability to stop the run absolutely destroyed its defense this season.
The funny thing about the Redskins is that their pass defense isn’t terrible, as they totaled 46 sacks in 2019 and have one of the league’s best safeties in Landon Collins.
But Washington’s lack of run-stuffing linemen (and linebackers) has made it so that the pass rush has essentially been nullified, as opponents merely gash the Redskins on the ground to open up the deep ball.
Washington doesn’t need to add any stars here. It just needs to bring in a couple of guys who can stop the run at the point of attack and prevent opposing offenses from establishing a tone early on, something that the Redskins had a nightmarish time accomplishing this season.