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‘Skins Rank 24th In PFT Rankings

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 13, 2012 – 9:20 am


As the preseason officially draws nearer (it’s about time), more and more media outlets are getting out their crystal balls and trying to predict the 2012 season.

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:

Strengths:
– 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)

Weaknesses:
– 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)

Changes:
– Wide receivers (Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan in; Jabar Gaffney out)
– Cedric Griffin in; LaRon Landry out

Camp Battles:
– 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)

Prospects:
“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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7 Responses to “‘Skins Rank 24th In PFT Rankings”

  1. By skinsaneasylum on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    This Josh Alper guy is getting roasted on PFT in the comments section for his inclusion of the DL as a weakness.

    Its obviously tough to know every single detail about every team in a 32 team ranking….but a quick glance at the stats individually and collectively is enough to prove he didn’t do any research before making that statement.

    Oh well, nobody cares about the pre-season rankings come Dec/Jan….

  2. By matthew bennett on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    ypu are crazy we were a qb n a kicker away from playoffs last yr.did u not c how many close games we lost thanks to gano.so i believe rackers in gano out and rg3 will b more explosive than vick,manning,or romo.also cofield didnt have that bad of a season,with orackpo n kerrigan on the ends it will take pressure off the safetys.i do agree with 1 thing you said we should not have let landry go.that said i believe at worst we finish second in this tough division and get a wild card bid.

  3. By Joe Eversole on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    Until proven otherwise, I think 24th seems about right. If Jenkins is healthy DL, might be okay. I am more concerned about the safeties and the wide receivers.Our defense seems okay except for safeties but the offense does not have enough weapons for RG3 and then there is the offensive line.RG3 makes our team more fun and he is probably with 2 more wins but if we are going to move to the next level he needs.a solid offensive line and a really good WR corps.I think the RBs will be okay; not great but he has to be able to throw to someone downfield like he did at Baylor to be effective.

  4. By mel andrews on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    I Believe articals like this from writers about as much as I believe in Political POLLS—Guessing B/S.

  5. By Dave Tegg on Jul 14, 2012 | Reply

    I would be thinking that 24 is about right for this time of year, however when the QB and recievers start getting it together and we start running the ball down the opposition throats i believe we will be a much better team than 24, also the cowboys will be lucky to win as many games as the skins next year they have a sub par QB, and will be in trouble the Eagles and Giants are the only teams i am wary of this season, I believe the skins will get a wildcard entry to the post season this year, i believe next year we go in as the NFC East champions.

  6. By Hanna, fan for life on Jul 15, 2012 | Reply

    Who made thes e so call predition caller? Let me tell you something .whoever gou may be. Get a real life. Stop being a Hater

  7. By scott on Jul 16, 2012 | Reply

    Is it me, or does it seem like every year our O-Line is coming off an injury riddled season? How do we keep those guys healthy?

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