Washington Redskins Preview
The Redskins head into the year with a new Coach (Jim Zorn) and a new Offense so their may be some growing pains initially. Jason Taylor has been added to the mix as well as a bevy of new weapons on Offense for Jason Campbell.
Their ground attack should be solid again. They have a nice offensive line anchored by Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen. Clinton Portis is one of the steadier Running Backs in the league and Ladell Betts is one of the better backup RBs. In the air Jason Campbell has a pair of speedy veterans in Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El. The Skins also drafted highly touted Rookie Widouts Devin Thomas (6’2″ out of Michigan State) and Malcolm Kelly (6’4″ out of Oklahoma). Talk about lighting a fire underneath your starters. They Skins did the same at Tight End adding USC Rookie Fred Davis to position they were already strong at with Chris Coooley. If my math doesn’t fail me that’s six solid options at WR and TE. That’s the way to offset the transition to a new offense.
Defensively they are going to miss Sean Taylor this year. His tragic death shocked his teammates and gave them something to rally around. Now that they are more removed from it and the emotions aren’t as raw, they will miss his production. LaRon Landry is a star in the making, but Taylor will still be missed. Jason Taylor will be asked to provide and emotional spark as well as heavy pressure on the QB. Taylor and Andre Carter should be a formidable duo up front. The Linebacking corps is headed up by London Fletcher, who led the team with 128 tackles last year. I don’t feel like they are in the better half of the defenses in the league.
The Skins have a pretty tough schedule hosting New Orleans and Arizona and going to NYG, Dallas and Philly in their first five games. Throw in the Browns, the Steelers, the Seahawks, and home games against their NFC East mates, and you get a picture of the tough road ahead of them. I’m afraid that the Skins will hold down the cellar position in their division. They’ll probably win 6 or 7 games.
Fantasy-wise I really like Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley. Portis is a guy who gets a bunch of carries, including red zone touches, and receptions. Cooley has been quite productive the past few years and has a knack for producing TDs. Some like Santana Moss to have a solid year. I am not one of those people. He’s far too inconsistent for my taste. I don’t recommend the Rookies until they either prove they can contribute on a regular basis or win a starting job. Jason Campbell is an adequate backup QB, who could be used in your starter’s bye week or given the right matchup. The same goes for Washington’s Defense.