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      The Redskins are better with full health. No revelations there. I agree.

      But this team healthy is still not a 13 win type of team. In order to advance/progress to where that type of 16 game outcome is possible we need to do more than bring guys back and tread water replacing one free agent loss for a corresponding gain.

      We need NET to add a number of value, 'above replacement' level performers on both sides of the ball.

      WR is still a question mark. Ditto for RB. LG is a deep hole right now. Roullier may be the answer at center but he looked rough at times last season and is still in learning mode, so the OL is only partially settled.

      We have an injury prone TE in Reed that is backed up by a 33/34 year old in Vernon Davis whose performance really nose-dived in the second half of 2017. He may have hit a wall. Behind them is a guy Jeremy Sprinkle that has size but doesn't seem to be an effective, dependable blocker (yet) or a threat in the passing game.

      On defense we really have TWO defensive linemen in Allen and Ioannidis.

      Stacy McGhee, Terrell McClain and Hood are replacement level players. To improve we need to find at least one if not TWO impact players up front.

      At linebacker we have a pair of competent performers inside in Foster and Brown. We can win with them. We need a bit of depth. Spaight is a special teamer, i don't see him as a consistent contributor on the regular defense.

      Outside, Kerrigan is consistent and solid. On the other side, Preston Smith is not. He has more physical upside than Kerrigan, but this guy is as inconsistent as they come. 5 or 6 games a year this guy looks like the future and in others he disappears almost completely.

      McPhee is a good 'get' for the 3-4 defense and he will be an asset vs. the run. So, he can be used on all three downs.

      But we really need to bring in someone to push Smith into showing himself to being either the top shelf performer his talent indicates he could be or the guy who is simply happy making decent coin as an NFL player.

      The backfield is in flux. We don't yet know that Quinton Dunbar is an everydown player. We also don't know if Scandrick has that much left in the tank to be the slot corner. At 32 and coming off major injuries, he is a question mark.

      Josh Norman at 30/31 has not necessarily been the player here in DC that I had hoped based on the contract. He was signed to play for more than Patrick Peterson and for that type of coin I expect a guy that just stands out across the field.

      Norman makes plays, he forces fumbles and can tackle. But he also gets beaten in man coverage more than one would expect of a 'top' corner.

      Moreau like some other guys on the roster is a dream we hope comes true. But right now we are wishing rather than seeing and believing.

      At safety, Swearinger is solid. He is probably better suited to playing strong rather than free safety. Nicholson is the best athlete in the secondary and could be a player with the upside to be special. We will have to see if he can stay healthy.

      A veteran #3 safety would be nice to have on board. Everett is a special teamer.

      So, overall this roster if all goes well with injuries and we get some elevated performances from some youngsters will be better than 2017.

      I was hoping that in addition to these natural improvements from better health and internal growth/development we would add 2 or 3 players that could help tilt the field in our favor against the Eagles, Cowboys, Rams, etc.

      A number of other teams in the NFC have made moves for 2018 such as the Rams and Vikings that look to keep them ahead of the Redskins.

      The Eagles are better just from getting Carson Wentz back on the field.

      The Packers are getting Rodgers back and were somehow able to fit Sheldon Richardson under their tight cap at $8M for 2018, unfortunately the Redskins evidently couldn't do the same.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Free Agency, Mock Drafts, Camps, Roster Predictions, 2018 started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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