Injuries hit the Redskins offense hard in 2018. That's known. What isn't known is what impact those injuries will make in 2019.
Obviously, the quarterback position is the biggest question. Alex Smith suffered a severely broken leg in Week 10, and his availability for 2019 seems far from certain.
There are plenty of other spots that seem highly questionable, and injuries won't be the only factor next season. Free agency and the draft will play a huge role too.
Let's also admit that looking at the offensive depth chart for a team nine months before a game is not going to be the most accurate predictor. Things will change. Still, the early returns look almost scary.
QB: Alex Smith, Colt McCoy
Note: It seems like a very long shot Smith is ready for Week 1 2019. The team needs to prepare like he won’t play next year. McCoy is a good option but he has his own injury issues. Washington needs to draft a QB. Washington must draft a QB.
RB: Chris Thompson, Derrius Guice, Byron Marshall, Samaje Perine
Note: The Redskins should bring back Adrian Peterson, but there’s no certainty they will. Peterson was the single best story for the team in 2018, and could help Guice in his return from a knee injury. Perine and Marshall making the team is no sure thing. Rob Kelley will also be a free agent.
TE: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle, Matt Flanagan, JP Holtz
Note: Reed could be a salary cap casualty, and so could Davis. Cutting both tight ends would save the team about $11 million against the salary cap next year, and the ‘Skins might need that cash. Sprinkle will definitely be back, he’s a on a rookie deal. Flanagan proved he deserves a real shot in limited action late in the 2018 season.
WR: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Robert Davis, Jehu Chesson, Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Darvin Kidsy
Note: This position group has a serious talent void. Richardson had 20 catches in an injury plagued first season with the Redskins last year. Doctson has never logged a 90-yard receiving game for the Redskins since he was drafted in the first round in 2016. Davis and Chesson have three catches, combined, in their careers. As a rookie in 2018, Quinn had nine catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, but he also landed on the injured reserve list. Twice. Cam Sims showed promise in the 2018 preseason before getting hurt Week 1. Kidsy got called up from the practice squad to the active roster late in the year. Jamison Crowder is a free agent, and seeing this group without him listed makes his value to the team seem much higher. Maurice Harris will also be a free agent.
OL: Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Fuller, Timon Parris
Note: The Redskins are in dire need for a left guard, but have been for a few years now. The Redskins need a full recovery from Brandon Scherff, which should be expected. Ty Nsekhe is a free agent. Washington needs to bolster their line depth in the draft, especially on the interior. This group will likely have a number of new names by training camp 2019.
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