TDT NFL Power Rankings No. 24: Washington Redskins
Can the Redskins return to playoff form after narrowly missing the mark in 2016?
The Washington Redskins continue to be on the cusp of taking that next step. In 2015, the won the NFC East, but last season, they fell one game shy of making the postseason. They will look to get back on track in 2017, but things are already in disarray. They fired their GM weeks before the draft in what was a media circus. Head coach Jay Gruden will be tasked with righting the ship in the nation’s capital.
What I Like: Nabbing wide receiver Terrelle Pryor this offseason was a really solid move. Sure, they will be without DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but Pryor is coming off of the first 1,000-yard season of his career. I also like how the Redskins made improving their special teams units a priority in the offseason. Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder are both strong return men and they also drafted a few talented athletes who should be early contributors on special teams.
What I Don’t Like: They were able to retain Kirk Cousins, but there was still a mass exodus in D.C. They lost their top two receivers, their general manager and their offensive coordinator, Sean McVay, who is now the head coach of the Rams. These names won’t be easy to replace, but they hope the moves they made will counteract that. They’ll also be without pass rusher Trent Murphy for the first four games because of a drug suspension.
Offensive MVP: WR Terrelle Pryor
Having enjoyed a great deal of success in his last season with the Browns, Pryor has proven that he has what it takes to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. To whom much is given, much is required. He’s getting a great opportunity with the Redskins and now it is time for him to rise to the occasion. Another 1,000 yard season could be in order.
Defensive MVP: OLB Ryan Kerrigan
A healthy Ryan Kerrigan is a major win for Washington. He is one of the league’s elite pass-rushers when he can stay on the field. Kerrigan recorded 11 sacks last season and is looking to surpass those numbers in 2017. His efforts in pressuring the opposing quarterbacks will make cornerback Josh Norman a very happy man this season.
Season Outlook: Some believe that the Redskins will be a better football team than they were a season ago, but I’m not too sure about that. They have an interesting group of skill players on offense and I even like some of the things they’re doing on defense, but I personally don’t think they are clearly better than any of the other teams in the NFC East. They could prove me wrong, but I think they’ll finish around where they did in 2016.
8-8, 4th in NFC East