In theory, any player in any given season can play at a Pro Bowl level and any player’s performance can go completely into the tank due to injuries or any number of other reasons.
But in practical terms it’s reasonable to expect that a given player’s performance will fall into a rage based on factors such as past performance, age, etc. So over the next couple of days we’ll look at best- and worst-case scenarios for key players on each side of the ball. We’ll get it going today with the offense.
QB Kirk Cousins
Best: 4,500 yds., 35 TD, 12 INT, 104 passer rating—This is kind of tricky since Cousins having a big statistical year could be a sign that the Redskins aren’t playing very well, forcing them to pass a lot to try to overcome deficits. In other words, if he approaches 5,000 yards it could mean trouble as far as the Redskins’ record goes.
Worst: 3,500 yards, 25 TD, 18 INT, 91 passer rating—Throwing for fewer yards might be OK because that could be a sign that the running game is operating more efficiently. But if that is accompanied by an increase in interceptions, obviously that would indicate him taking a step back.
RB Matt Jones
Best: 1,000 yards rushing, 4.0 yards/att., 8 TDs, 30 receptions for 320 yards, 2 TDs—The Redskins are committed to seeing what they have in Jones, who showed that he had both potential and a lot of work to do. He will get the ball a lot and as long as he is at least competent they will give it to him all year long. If he could limit the lost fumbles to one or two that would be a big plus as well.
Worst: 700 yards rushing, 3.5 yards/att., 3 TDs, 20 receptions, 100 yards—He’s going to get the ball regardless so if his average per carry is subpar his yardage total won't be very impressive..
TE Jordan Reed
Best: 95 receptions, 1,100 yards, 13 TD—He could have gone over 1,000 yards last year but like many of the front-line players he sat out most of the regular season finale in Dallas. Getting to 1,100 would mean him increasing his average per catch by about a yard, which he and Cousins should be able to do in their second year together.
Worst: 65 receptions, 700 yards, 6 TD—This could happen if the injury bug comes back again and he only plays in 10 games or so. I think he’s at the point where if he’s on the field and healthy he’s just about unstoppable.
WR DeSean Jackson
Best: 65 receptions, 1,200 yards, 8 TDs—As with Reed, the key is Jackson staying healthy. If he plays 14-16 games he’s pretty much a lock to catch 4 or 5 passes per game and average 18-20 each.
Worst: 35 receptions, 600 yards, 4 TDs—Another injury-plagued season could lead to the Redskins getting very little for their $9.25 million cap hit.