The addition of a highly-touted rookie quarterback and the strengthening of the team’s wide receivers unit resulted in the Washington Redskins receiving a high mark in a recent ESPN.com offseason evaluation piece.
How did the ‘Skins compare to their rivals?
According to the article (which can only be completely viewed with ESPN Insider access) the Redskins received an offseason grade of B+ — the same grade that the Dallas Cowboys received and just out of reach of the Philadelphia Eagles, who received an A.
The New York Giants, meanwhile, received an offseason grade of C+.
The article — written by ESPN.com’s Matt Williamson — says the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III “has given Washington Redskins fans something to be excited about for the future.”
Among the Redskins’ key free agent additions Williams listed were wide receivers Pierre Garçon and Joshua Morgan, safeties Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams, cornerback Cedric Griffin, linebacker Jonathan Goff and kicker Neil Rackers.
The key free agent losses, according to Williams, were safeties LaRon Landry and OJ Atogwe, linebacker Rocky McIntosh, tackle Sean Locklear, wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth and fullback Mike Sellers.
Here’s clips of Williams’ analysis of the Redskins’ busy offseason:
“This one is very simple: It’s all about Griffin. He can be a difference-maker as a rookie and, under Mike Shanahan’s tutelage, could be an elite QB sooner rather than later. Personally, I’ll be shocked if Griffin isn’t a huge success, so the steep price the Redskins paid to acquire him is well worth it in my book.”
“…the Redskins have much better receiving options now than they did for the 2011 season. And we know Shanahan will have an effective ground game, which will remain the foundation of this offense and make Griffin’s transition to the NFL easier. I still have concerns about the Redskins’ offensive line, but they did use three draft picks to help that area of need and Shanahan has consistently mined productive linemen out of the middle rounds for his zone blocking scheme.”
Williams also said the Redskins appear to be “very strong” in its defensive front seven heading into 2012.
A tip of the cap goes to the Redskins’ front office, which is certainly expecting an improvement in 2012 moving forward.
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