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Redskins Receive High Offseason Grade

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 11, 2012 – 3:53 pm

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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4 Responses to “Redskins Receive High Offseason Grade”

  1. By vaughan on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    I cant believe it..a writer actually thinks the Skins upgraded. Its nice to see someone in the media actually look and see what they did. I’ve read our line is still weak, we have no running game, our wide receivers are weak, etc. Thank you for actually seeing thed progress that was made. HTTR!

  2. By monkeyhouserodge on Jul 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sure glad I never wasted money for the Insider Sub. Lockllear was terrible, Landry and Atogwe looked like players whose bodies have broken down from all of the hits, Mcintosh and Sellers were kept around longer than they should have been. I certainly don’t see them as key, except in the sense that it was a key move to let them go.

  3. By wilder christopher on Jul 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think that our team is moving in the right direction.I think in order for us to have a good year we need to put pressure on the QB. Our D-line has to come to life. I think that our receiving core is much improved, Moss,Hankerson,Garcon,Morgan? we have SPEEEEED… we can stretch the field and we have excellent tightends.

  4. By Greg on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    Any chance we can get Sellers to be Sam Huffs replacement? dude is funny and tells the truth.

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