NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk was the most recent to throw out their projections.
ProFootballTalk’s Josh Alper ranked the Washington Redskins at No. 24 overall heading into the 2012 season.
Overall, the Redskins will be the lowest-ranked NFC East Division team and are ranked ahead of the NFC’s Arizona Cardinals (No. 25), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 26), St. Louis Rams (No. 28) and the Minnesota Vikings (No. 29). The rest of their list will be revealed in reverse order in the coming days.
Here’s some of the highlights from Alper’s predictions for the Redskins in 2012:
- Outside linebackers (Ryan Kerrigan should help Brian Orakpo even more in 2012)
- Inside linebackers (added depth in Keenan Robinson and Jonathan Goff)
- Tight end (Chris Cooley, Fred Davis and Niles Paul could present mismatches)
- Defensive line (Barry Cofield, Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen “are all coming off subpar years,” according to Alper)
- Offensive line (Which was injury-riddled in 2011)
- Safety (As Tanard Jackson, Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams “are all trying to recapture past glory and the chances aren’t great that it happens for all three of them,” Alper writes)
- Wide receivers (Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan in; Jabar Gaffney out)
- Cedric Griffin in; LaRon Landry out
- Running backs (Roy Helu Jr., Tim Hightower and Evan Royster)
- Kicker (Incumbent Graham Gano vs. free agent Neil Rackers)
- Wide receiver (other than the top four of Garçon, Morgan, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss, according to Alper)
“Really, though, the ultimate stamp of success on this season will be (Robert) Griffin III taking control of the offense while some other players (Orakpo, Hankerson, [Jarvis] Jenkins) show that they are also on the upswing of their careers. The Redskins got started on their new identity with Griffin III and now they have to build it out around him,” Alper writes.
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