Mister Obvious Says – When hearing the name Robert Griffin III, the immediate thought is about his injuries and not about his talent. That sad saga appears to continue this year with RGIII already leaving a preseason game against Detroit early because of a concussion and shoulder stinger. Second-year coach Jay Gruden cannot afford to have Griffin’s injuries dominate the headlines once again this season. So, he has decided to go with Kirk Cousins at QB for the 2015 season. What happens with RGIII remains to be seen.
Biggest Additions – OT Brandon Scherff was drafted as the No. 5 pick overall for a reason, to improve pass protection and improve Washington’s running game. Washington’s porous pass defense should receive a boost with the veteran additions of NT Terrance Knighton (from Denver), S Dashon Goldson (Tampa Bay) and CB Chris Culliver (San Francisco).
Biggest Losses – Often injured LB Brian Orakpo, dominant when healthy, signed with Tennessee and sturdy RB Roy Helu left for Oakland.
Rookie To Watch – Scherff matched with veteran OT Trent Williams could give Washington potentially one of the best tackle combinations in the league. RB Matt Jones, a third-round pick from Florida, has been impressive during fall camp. His teammates call him “Bruiser” because of his 6’2” and 231-pound frame.
Marquee Match-up – Week 9 at New England which comes after a bye week.
Game Most Likely to Win – Week 1 opener against visiting Miami.
Game Most Likely To Lose – Week 17, the last game of the regular season, at Dallas.
Overall Thoughts – Although Gruden is in only his second year, he will occupy the hot seat if the Redskins do not show positive strides this season. He definitely was the one who made the decision to go from Griffin to Cousins. How much patience owner Daniel Snyder has with that decision will play out in the win-loss record of the Redskins this season.
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