The Washington Redskins were hoping that they could regain the magic they had in 2018 before they were hit with the injury bug. However, this is a professional league where memories are left in the past and players play for the present. The Redskins had to deal with more injuries in 2019 but it was their shaky play at QB that really set the team up for failure.
Heading into the 2020 offseason, there are many holes the Skins must fill before they can claim to be threats to the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. with an aging running back, a QB still shaky after his rookie season, and a new head coach, the Redskins have their work cut out for them.
Here are 3 free agents the Washington Redskins must target this offseason.
The Washington Redskins have not said it publicly but there is a slight chance they may want to move on from Dwayne Haskins. Granted, it was just his rookie season and those are often the hardest. But how much time are they willing to give him? Here is an idea new coach Ron Rivera may want to explore.
With Philip Rivers now a free agent, the Redskins should make a move there. The reason for that is, the Redskins were not as bad as their record indicates. If they can get a veteran signal-caller in the huddle, they could contend for the NFC East. What this will allow is for Haskins to sit a year and learn from a future Hall of Famer. And at this stage in his career, Rivers won’t be out to break the bank. He still has some arm left after 16 years with the Los Angeles Chargers where he passed for 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns while completing 64.7 percent of his passes.
As bad as Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum were, the Redskins’ receivers didn’t offer much help. After the loss of DeSean Jackson in free agency, the core was made up of young guys with plenty to prove. The problem was that their quarterbacks had a lot to prove as well and they just couldn’t get on the same page. Adding a veteran player such as A.J. Green will give the Redskins a legitimate threat in the passing game which will open bigger holes for their ground attack. One hand washes the other.
Last season, the Redskins were led by Terry McLaurin who registered 58 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. That has to improve in a division where secondary’s were now to surrender big plays through the air. In Green’s last full season in 2018, he caught 75 passed for 1078 yards and eight touchdowns with an average of 14.4 yards per catch. No matter their QB situation, Green will make anyone look good. Heck, look what he did for Andy Dalton while with the Cincinnati Bengals.
This is where things will get a little tricky for the Washington Redskins. The last two seasons, the Redskins believed they drafted the future of their backfield with Derrius Guice. But an injury caused him to miss his rookie season. Then, in 2019, it was more of the same as the team leaned again on the legs of veteran runner Adrian Peterson. So, what will 2020 bring? While Peterson is not getting any older and Guice is injury prone, the Redskins may need to look outside of their roster for another runner. Enter Melvin Gordon.
Gordon will be a great addition for the Skins with his speed and ball catching ability. If the Redskins stay with Haskins as their QB, Gordon will provide the signal-caller with a steady presence plus another receiver as a security blanket. Another good sign for Gordon is that new coach Ron Rivera believes in smash-mouth football. Last season while splitting time with Austin Ekeler, Gordon rushed for 612 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 42 passes for 296 yards.