Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 24, two days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
11 Redskins predictions—Offense
Not all of these can be characterized as bold, but here goes nothing with one prediction for each of the 11 anticipated 2017 offensive starters for the Redskins.
QB Alex Smith—The number that everyone is focused on is 4,000 passing yards. The Redskins received 4K or more through the air from Kirk Cousins in each of the past three years and Alex Smith passed that marker for the first time in his career in 2017. I think he’ll be under, way under. I’m predicting around 3,500 yards for him. Smith won’t have a bad season; the Redskins won’t need as many yards through the air due to improved defense and running game.
RB Derrius Guice—I am once again going to upset the legion of Guice fanatics out there by predicting him to rush for fewer than 1,000 yards. Somewhere in the 800-yard range seems right to me. Gruden is not going to give him a heavy workload, especially early on. He will add a few hundred yards catching passes out of the backfield so he will go over 1,000 yards of total offense.
WR Josh Doctson—When I wrote a similar post last year, I predicted that Doctson would catch 10 touchdown passes. He caught six, which isn’t bad, but I think he’s capable of more. Let’s put him down for 50 receptions and eight touchdowns this year.
WR Paul Richardson—Two years ago DeSean Jackson caught seven passes that gained 35 yards or more. I think Richardson gets at least five such plays including a touchdown reception of 60 yards or longer.
WR Jamison Crowder—The slot receiver got off to a slow start last year due to some nagging injuries including one that forced him to miss a game for the first time in his career. I’ll predict he’ll go through 2018 at the same pace of production he had in the last nine games last year and catch over 80 passes for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns. If you’re looking for a bold prediction here, this is it.
TE Jordan Reed—The easy prediction is that he will miss more games than he plays. But I’ll again go bold here and say that he will play often enough and well enough to get his second career Pro Bowl invitation.
LT Trent Williams—A seventh straight Pro Bowl is a given, not really a prediction. I’ll say he plays in all 16 games for the first time since 2013.
LG Shaun Lauvao—I don’t predict injuries, but I will predict that by mid-October someone else will be starting at left guard for the Redskins due to injury or performance.
C Chase Roullier—He will maintain his record of 100 percent perfect shotgun snaps.
RG Brandon Scherff—The 2015 first-round pick will get voted to an All-Pro team but it will be the second team. Andrew Norwell and Joel Bitonio will keep him from breaking through to the first team. Scherff has a chance at first team if the Redskins have a very good (10+ wins) season.
RT Morgan Moses—A healthier Moses will allow three sacks or fewer this year (he allowed five in 2017).
Tandler on Twitter
Guice lost some money by sliding in the draft. The player taken at #44, the Redskins’ original 2nd-round pick, will get a four-year deal worth about $6.4 million. Guice signed for four years, $4.5 million.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 23, 2018
—Training camp starts (7/26) 2
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 16
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 39
The Redskins last played a game 205 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 47 days.
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